undefinedOboist, teacher and user of music in therapeutic care

This course is to encourage late starters on the oboe and oboists returning after a gap. Group members play studies and repertoire together, learning from the other course participants as well as the tutors!


Resident: £295 Non-Resident: £215 Code: 20/20L

What is the course about?

Oboist Andrew Knights and pianist Ian Clarke have been running their popular spring course for many years. Although this autumn course is designed for all oboists, it will concentrate on every aspect of basic oboe playing and will be designed particularly to help the less confident oboist. Andrew and Ian share an enthusiasm for teaching and encouraging oboists at every stage. Andrew brings his experience as a solo and orchestral oboist and Ian his insights as an experienced and sympathetic examiner. Participants will be given much material to take home for their ongoing development; exercises for warming up, developing a good and strong embouchure, exercises to encourage subtle articulation and rich expression, as well as new and carefully selected repertoire. During the weekend-course all participants will be encouraged to try these exercises and pieces as a group, and thereby have as much “playing time” as possible. These materials will be available in advance from Andrew’s website. All will be able to rehearse as well in individual slots with Ian. Reeds will be discussed, with the possibility of having adjustments made. Participants will have the option of playing in a “masterclass” on the final morning and all will play in ensembles chosen to reinforce technical skills discussed during the weekend. Players who own a cor anglais will be welcome to bring these and use them in the ensembles, as well as learning cor anglais specific skills.

Tutor website: www.andrewknights.org

What will we cover?

Tone, intonation, articulation, expression and technical exercises for fingers.

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

Have more ideas for future practice and feel more confidence playing the oboe.

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

Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

The course is aimed at oboists in the lower grades – up to Grade 5 or 6 – but many returners have become very good players and still feel that we cover helpful material. Participants in past years have sometimes been recent starters continue to come as accomplished oboists.

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

Preparation is not required although participants might want to feel “in practice” before it starts. There will be many hours of playing for each participant with the group work. Though this is harder after a period of little playing participants can “take it easy” at any time!

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just an oboe. Participants may certainly bring along a Cor Anglais if they have one and there should be a chance to use one in ensembles.

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.”

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

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Tuesday 7 January 2020. Non-Nember and Online booking opens at 9am on Monday 3 February 2020. For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking see here.