Flutes at the Barns Flute Day May 2020
Flutes at the Barns Flute Day May 2020, Fantastic Fingers
Date and times:
Sunday 3rd May, 10 am - 5 pm
The Drama Studio, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, Hertfordshire
This COURSE is POSTOPONED owing to COVID-19 restrictions; please click here to read about the Online Flute Day on this date
Did you know: the early May UK Bank Holiday in 2020 will move from a Monday to Friday 8th May, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day? This means that this Flute Day is NOT over the bank holiday weekend.
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 regular FATB course accompanist Mark Smith to welcome you to the Flutes at the Barns Flute Day May 2020. This Flute Day (strictly limited to no more than ten participants) is aimed at adult players looking to develop positive finger patterns through creative scale and arpeggio playing and imaginative practice. The day will feature four busy sessions covering a varied programme including flute choir and group workshops on repertoire, technique, interpretation and/or ensemble playing, as well the chance to perform in a masterclass, to build up performing experience and receive personalised tips. Zoë and Mark will also perform a short, exclusive tutor concert. The focus on pattern-familiarity will run throughout each of the sessions, providing the chance to enjoy repertoire and exercises to develop finger facility, hand position and naturalness of movement, with the aim of enhancing expressive capability through increased fluency of musical language. There are also limited slots available for those attending this Flute Day who wish to book for an individual lesson the following day (Monday 4th May).
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 as the basis for their masterclass. All other music for the day will be provided, so please expect sight-reading at your level. Please do bring any piccolos or low flutes you have indicated on your application form, plus your C flute; you may get the chance to play them in the ensemble sessions. Breaks and lunch are often sociable events, with much like-minded musical talk.
Trestle Arts Base is a former church, now renovated to provide an artistic atmosphere 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, exclusively for our use on the Flute Day. Musical activities will be held in the Drama Studio, a spacious, climate-controlled space which will keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer months (step-free access by stairs or lift), as well as providing us with a wonderful acoustic, lots of light and the attractive backdrop of the former church from which Trestle was so sensitively converted. 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.
Lunch and Refreshments
Whilst on Flutes at the Barns allow yourself to be taken care of, with lunch provided. To sustain your energy levels throughout the music-
filled day, refreshments will be provided on-site; hot and cold drinks and snacks will be available throughout the day, and your choice of lunch can be enjoyed alongside fellow course-goers in the middle of the day. Special diets are accommodated.
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.
£85 (£85 deposit payable upon application). The course fee is payable by BACS, PayPal or FATB Gift Vouchers, and is inclusive of full participation, lunch and refreshments.
How to apply:
It’s easy to apply, in just two steps:
1. Complete the online application form (see top of this page)
2. Submit your application form plus a deposit payment to the course administrator
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 three weeks before the course final details will be sent; at this point you will be asked to complete a pre-
At any other time please do not hesitate to contact the course administrator with any queries.