Flutes at the Barns July 2020
Flutes at the Barns July 2020
|Start date:||Monday 6th July (arrivals between 4 pm and 6.30 pm)|
Friday 10th July, 9 am
The Green Man, Staffordshire Peak District, UK
This COURSE is POSTOPONED owing to COVID-19 restrictions
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.
Course tutor Zoë Booth will be joined by Rachael Buxton, course accompanist, to welcome you to an exclusive Flutes at the Barns - strictly limited to just nine participants - in July 2020. After a tasty supper, course activities will begin with a short introductory group session. On Tuesday morning the full range of activities will commence, with up to five sessions each day featuring a varied programme including a 45-minute individual lesson with Zoë for every participant, a private half-hour rehearsal with Rachael Buxton (plus a short additional rehearsal later in the week), group sessions including workshops on repertoire, technique, interpretation and ensemble playing, small ensemble playing (some with coaching), and the chance to perform in informal participant concerts and/or a masterclass. Zoë and Rachael will also perform in an exclusive tutor concert. The limited number of places on offer for this course allow for increased contact with the tutors throughout the duration of the course, including the longer time for individual lessons than on larger courses. On Thursday the musical activities will conclude with a friendly and supportive concert, where participants may choose to perform solos, ensemble pieces, in flute choir for the concert, or may simply enjoy supporting their fellow performers.
Flutes at the Barns is delighted to host a visit from All Flutes Plus, a specialist flute shop based in Warren Street, London, who will provide the chance to browse music, accessories and to try head-joints and flutes of all sizes.
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 solo and/or performing opportunities will be given every encouragement from their tutors and fellow course-goers. Participants are recommended to prepare solo material as the basis for their lesson and accompanist session, and may also bring up to three other pieces which could be performed in any of the participant concerts/masterclass, if they choose to do so. 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 mealtimes are often sociable events, with much like-minded musical talk, however there are also chances for some time alone during the course, whether to rest, practise or explore the local landscape.
This is a return visit for FATB to The Green Man,a superbly restored former inn, now perfectly suited to music-making with its’ many light and spacious large rooms, and luxurious accommodation spread over three floors.
If the weather proves favourable during this summer course, there is a large garden overlooking the Staffordshire countryside views. There are numerous areas for relaxing and rehearsing once over the threshold of this deceptively large property too. The main music room has a high ceiling and wooden surfaces, providing an enjoyable and generous acoustic, with numerous smaller spaces for chamber music; these include a games room, a comfy sitting room and the former bar - now restored to a high standard - which is still full of character and provides a sociable area in which to relax after a busy day’s playing. The large kitchen is fitted to an exceptional level, and features a sociable area for dining together around one table.
The bedrooms at the Green Man - each luxuriously decorated in neutral tones, as featured throughout the property - are comfortable and quiet, as well as surprisingly spacious, providing privacy for practising or simply to relax and unwind. All have access to a private bathroom, with most of the rooms ensuite.
Meals and Refreshments
Whilst on Flutes at the Barns allow yourself to be taken care of, with catering supplied by the talents of David Wakefield and his team of The Dinner Party Company. Daily breakfasts will include a range of options, including cooked items. To sustain your energy levels throughout the music-filled days, morning and afternoon breaks will offer snacks as well as hot drinks, with tasty buffet choices on offer for lunch. At the end of the day enjoy being served a delicious two-course evening meal. Special diets are accommodated.
Catering will start with supper on Monday evening (6.30 pm), finishing with breakfast on Friday morning, allowing for a leisurely end to the musical activities on Thursday evening, and a restful departure (avoiding rush hour) the following day.
There is no bar; alcoholic drinks may be brought to the course for your own consumption, or to share with friends.
Please note that submission of an application for any Flutes at the Barns course confirms your adherence to the terms and conditions. Please see the top of this page for further information and to read the Terms and Conditions.
£850 (£100 deposit payable upon application, balance due by Monday 11th May 2020). The course fee is inclusive of full-board residential participation, all meals and refreshments.
How to apply:
It’s easy to apply, in just two steps:
1. Complete an application form (see top of this page)
2. Submit your application form plus a deposit payment to the course administrator
Nearest airports: Manchester or East Midlands (both approximately 1 hour away).
Nearest train stations: Buxton, Stoke on Trent (both approximately 25 mins away) or Macclesfield (approximately 30 mins away).
There is plenty of free parking.
The course administrator will provide an opportunity for participants to share lifts on the pre-course questionnaire.
Partners are welcome to accompany flute participants and share their accommodation at a reduced cost of £370, taking full part in all except the musical activities. (Partners are welcome to attend and support their playing partner in any performances during the course.) If making an application with a non-playing partner, please note that the total deposit is £150.
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 ten weeks before the course final details will be sent; at this point your final balance payment and pre-course questionnaire will be requested, to arrive no later than eight weeks before the course begins.
At any other time please do not hesitate to contact the course administrator with any queries.