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Flutes at the Barns is a division of Zocopoco Limited, registered in England and Wales no. 7287733

Registered office: 30 Whitecroft, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1UU

with Zoë Booth  

Flute Courses for Adults

Flutes at the Barns

Flute Day January 2018

Sunday 28th January 2018

Course Summary

Course title:

Flutes at the Barns Flute Day January 2018,

Colour and Expression

Date and times:

Sunday 28th January, 10 am - 5 pm.


The Apex Studio, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, Hertfordshire.


ONE PLACE NEWLY AVAILABLE for this Flute Day; please email the course administrator before making your application. (Please click here to view details for an alternative date in February.)

Course Description and Tutors

This Flutes at the Barns course is open to adult players of all abilities, whether new to the courses or returning FATBers. International participants welcome, as ever (guidance can be offered as to local accommodation in St Albans, or alternatively in central London, just 20 minutes away by train).

Course tutor Zoë Booth will be joined by Mark Smith, course accompanist, to welcome you to the Flutes at the Barns Flute Day January 2018. The focus on Colour and Expression provides the chance to focus on practical and inspiring ideas to further musical creativity, bringing added tonal variety to your repertoire. Inclusive, warm-ups, rehearsals and workshops will concentrate on widening expressive contrasts; a particular emphasis on development of tonal colour will be central to the day, as well as ways to broaden and employ dynamics and vibrato to aid musical sophistication and communication. The day will feature four busy sessions throughout the day covering a varied programme including group workshops on repertoire, technique, interpretation and/or ensemble playing, and the chance to perform in a masterclass (for those who wish to), to build up performing experience and receive personalised tips; workshops and flute choir repertoire will be tailored to reflect the topical focus and inspire further chances to engage with the theme of the Flute Day. Zoë and Mark, course accompanist, will also perform a short, exclusive tutor concert. There are also limited slots available if you wish to book for an individual lesson the following day (Monday 29th January).

Flutes at the Barns has always encouraged a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which participants of any ability level can improve and make music together without pressure. Those who do choose to take advantage of the performing opportunity will be given every encouragement from their tutors and fellow course-goers; those participants are recommended to prepare solo material, accompanied or unaccompanied, as the basis for their masterclass. All other music will be provided, so please expect sight-reading at your level. If you play piccolo, alto or bass flute  please do bring them, and you will get the chance to play them in the ensemble sessions. Breaks and lunch are sociable events, with much like-minded musical talk.

Lunch and Refreshments

Whilst on Flutes at the Barns allow yourself to be taken care of, with lunch provided in the friendly Arts Centre Cafe by local independent specialists, Canteen George Street. To sustain your energy levels throughout the music-filled day, upon arrival and during morning and afternoon breaks, biscuits and hot drinks will be offered. Special diets are accommodated.

Other Information

Please note that submission of an application for any Flutes at the Barns course confirms your adherence to the terms and conditions. Please see below for further information and to read the Terms and Conditions.

Contact the Course Administrator about this course

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Further Information and Terms and Conditions

Course Fee

£80 (£80 deposit payable upon application). The course fee is inclusive of full participation, lunch and refreshments.

How to Apply

It’s easy to apply, in just two steps:

1. Complete an application form (see below)

2. Submit your application form plus a deposit payment to the course administrator

Application forms can be completed online or sent to the course administrator by e-mail or post.


Nearest airports: Luton (approximately 20 mins away), London Stansted and London Heathrow (both approximately 1 hour away).

Nearest train stations: St Albans City (approximately 5 mins away), which is on the St Pancras to Bedford/Luton line.

There is plenty of free parking.


Trestle Arts Base is well equipped to accommodate visitors with mobility problems. If you have a particular physical need please speak to the course administrator before making your application, to ensure that the venue and activities can be happily suited to your requirements.


Correspondence is by email unless otherwise requested.

1. Upon applying for the course you will receive confirmation of your application.

2. Once the course is filled, your place on the course will be confirmed.

3. Approximately four weeks before the course final details will be sent; at this point you will be asked to complete a pre-course questionnaire, to be returned no later than two weeks before the Flute Day.

At any other time please do not hesitate to contact the course administrator with any queries.

Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, Hertfordshire


Trestle Arts Base is a former church, now renovated to provide an artistic space for dancers, artists, musicians and the resident theatre company. Set in a quiet park within a housing estate, Trestle has a creative and spacious feel. Musical activities will be held in the Apex Studio which, as its name suggest, is in the roof of the church (step-free access by stairs or lift), providing us with a wonderful acoustic and a light, airy atmosphere. Refreshments will be provided in the ground-floor Arts Centre Cafe, which is where local we will take a sociable and filling lunch together. Trestle is a few minutes by taxi from St Albans City Station, and approximately ten minutes from St Albans town centre, a popular tourist destination for visitors to the Cathedral and Abbey of St Albans, the historic clock tower, the famous chartered market and Verulamium Park, with its’ lake, Roman remains and museum.

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