undefinedDescribed by The Times - London as ��a flautist and a half��

A friendly course with artists who have extensive experience in guiding all kinds of musicians through their performance apprehensions, fears and nerves.


Resident: £582 Non-Resident: £445 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 24/323

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 20 November 2023

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 11 December 2023

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

What is the course about?

Enigma 14 have introduced Benslow participants to a rich collection of music written for this combination, and encouraged the expansion into trying out the works arranged from the much-loved trios of the classical and romantic periods. This course creates the opportunity for enthusiasts of the flute, cello and piano repertoire to play together in a chamber setting, 

Tutor website: www.lisanelsen.com

The course fee includes entry to the tutor concert on the Friday evening.

What will we cover?

Lisa Nelsen, Julian Metzger and Paul Turner will lead sessions in discovering the beauty in the pieces while suggesting ways to improve and guide methods of study in the pieces together.  Pre-formed trios are very welcome, and individual participants will form new ensembles after an introductory playing session on the first day. 

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

You will be guided through the art of performance and presentation during the course and have gained confidence.

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

Standard: Confident, Skilful

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

The atmosphere during the course often becomes heightened as the ensembles focus on learning the pieces together. There will be several opportunities to play in a class situation, and explore in an open-forum setting. These will be offered in a very safe environment where experimentation and making mistakes is encouraged…if only to discover what feels  best for the ensemble. All three tutors have extensive experience in guiding all kinds of musicians through their performance apprehensions and nerves.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

All instrumentalists are asked to learn 2-3 of the set works so that sessions can be about learning and working on the performance and presentation of the pieces. There will also be opportunities to play through unfamiliar and new works together in the afternoon sessions.

The repertoire we will be focusing on this year is: 

Piano trio for flute, cello and piano, op.63 by Ferdiand Ries 

Copy of an old print available on IMSLP or https://www.justflutes.com/shop/product/trio-ferdinand-ries

Trois Aquarelles for flute, cello and piano by Philippe Gaubert (2nd movement - Soir d'automne) available on IMSLP or via various online outlets such as https://www.justflutes.com/shop/product/trois-aquarelles-philippe-gaubert 

Ma mere l'oye, arr. for flute, cello and piano by Maurice Ravel (movements 1, 2, 4, 5) Please contact Benslow Music to obtain through Lisa Nelsen

Trio in G minor, op. 63 by Carl Maria von Weber (Parts on IMSLP and widely available via various online outlets)

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just your instrument, music and an open mind!

What previous participants said about this course…

“As usual, we are extraordinarily privileged with the quality of tuition on this course with tutor's sharing their expertise so freely with us. We were all impressed on how far all of us had come by the end of the course in turning the notes into music.”

“Three excellent pleasant friendly tutors. The course was a pleasure.”

“Excellent focused specific support in my instrument.”