undefinedElisabeth Hobbs Flute Course

The course gives flautists of intermediate to advanced level the opportunity to explore and be coached in the repertoire of the award winning Wonderful Winds flute catalogue in small group settings and massed flute choir.


Resident: £420 Non-Resident: £320 Code: 20/310

What is the course about?

Joss Campbell and Mel Orriss have studied, worked and played together for well over thirty years, since meeting on their first day of 6th form at Chetham’s School of Music.  They share a kindred love and enthusiasm with all things flute and have developed a working chemistry that sees their workshops in demand all over the country. Each day will start with warm ups to get your flute bodies and minds ready for the day followed by a sound workshop with music specifically designed for playing together, working on posture, breathing and sound. The rest of the day will be divided up between massed flute choir rehearsals, and small chamber group coaching during which Joss and Mel will offer guidance on ensemble technique and rehearsal strategies. The whole selection of the Wonderful Winds Flute Catalogue will be available to use as a resource for the entirety of the course and the Wonderful Winds shop will be also be on site for those who wish to browse and shop. There will be an informal concert on the last afternoon of the course to family and friends if appropriate.

Tutor website: www.wonderfulwinds.com

What will we cover?

Whole group warm ups – sound work, posture, breathing, intonation, engaging your diaphragm, dynamics.

Massed flute choir – using repertoire from the Wonderful Winds catalogue, coached and conducted by Mel and Joss, you will experience playing in various positions in the choir.

Small chamber groups – in trios, quartets or quintets, your group will have the full Wonderful Winds library to choose repertoire from, and rehearse under the guidance of Mel and Joss, receiving coaching from them on ensemble technique and rehearsal strategies.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Know how to work on your sound; have awareness of correct posture and techniques to adjust intonation in relation to dynamic levels; how to improve breathing and engage your diaphragm.

Perform the various repertoire rehearsed through the week in an informal concert on the last afternoon.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

The course is aimed at intermediate to advanced level players with enthusiasm and love for flute ensemble playing.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will be taught in large and small groups with general and individual advice being given as and when required.  As with all Joss and Mel’s courses, the atmosphere will always be supportive and encouraging to the individual.  No prior preparation is required for the course.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutors on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

If you have a piccolo, alto flute or bass flute that you can bring, please do bring along with you on the course and let us know in advance so that we can plan appropriate repertoire.

What previous participants said about this course…

"So amazing to have this Wonderful Winds weekend on our doorstep. We'd definitely sign up again. Thanks for an amazingly well organised event."

"Thank you both so much for making the weekend such a lot of fun & so full of great advice, reminders and tips.”

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for the flute workshop on Saturday….had a whale of a time with the music….The concert was really impressive and had a lovely relaxed, creative feel about it."

"It was well organised, with a good balance of activities for a big range of like-minded ‘fluties’!"

"...loved every minute of it and has not stopped talking about her participation and experience ever since."

"Thank you for organising such a fantastic event. I enjoyed all of it……Looking forward to the next one!"

“The weekend was such a success….. Thank you both so much for all your hard work and enthusiasm”