undefinedOboist, teacher and user of music in therapeutic care

The weekend will provide many new ideas to stimulate oboists in their personal practice. Topics such as finger fluency, embouchure and articulation will all be covered, and studies devoted to these will be provided. 


Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/239

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 11 January 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 8 February 2021. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Oboist Andrew Knights and pianist Ian Clarke return for this popular course. Participants will be given much material and many ideas to take home for their regular practice - exercises for warming up, developing good and strong embouchures and exercises to encourage subtle articulation and rich expression - as well as suggestions for new repertoire. During the course all participants will be invited to try many exercises and pieces as a group - thereby having as much “playing time” as possible. All will be able to rehearse in individual rehearsal slots with Ian on Saturday afternoon and participants will have the option of playing in a “masterclass” on the final morning. On the final afternoon there will be a play through of ensembles, selected to reinforce technical skills discussed during the weekend. Players who own a cor anglais will be welcome to bring it for use in the ensembles. Reeds will be discussed, with the possibility of both obtaining reeds and having adjustments to existing reeds made. Different strengths of reeds will be available.

Tutor website: www.andrewknights.org where course materials will be available for advance viewing.

What will we cover?

Producing beautiful musical lines on the oboe and thinking about finger technique with increased efficiency. How to use scales and studies to develop fluency and stamina.

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

Feel more inspired and focused to practice and extend technique.

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

The course is suitable for all intermediate and advanced oboists.

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

Specific preparation is not required but material covered during the course will be available on-line some weeks in advance.  On the Friday evening there will be an overview of the weekend’s material and some warm-up studies. We work at these all together. Playing material through together means that we all play for as much time as possible in the weekend.  No one will be asked to play on their own in front of the group should they find that uncomfortable.

Different aspects of technique - fingers, tonguing and articulation,expression will be covered in the sessions on Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Oboists will have the option to work on their own solo repertoire with the Ian in 15 minute slots during Saturday afternoon and have the option to play this repertoire in a session devoted to personal performance on Sunday. There are also usually ensemble pieces to play on Saturday and Sunday

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website: www.andrewknights.org

Participants are welcome to bring their own music for the individual sessions with piano. However there will be a selection of new repertoire to try with Ian too.

Is there anything I need to bring?

An oboe!

What previous participants said about this course…

“Extremely encouraging and non-threatening. Nothing was too much trouble.”

“Andrew is an excellent tutor. He is well prepared with lots of interesting ideas and music which illustrate all the teaching points so well. He is very generous with his time and expertise. This is like a 'lesson', and equips me with enough material to practise until the next course.”

“Wonderful. Very inspiring, and you will learn loads!”

“No matter if you have been playing for a year or fifteen this course cannot fail to improve your playing - and its enjoyable.”