Advanced Course 2015


Dates and fees
Saturday 1st August (eve) – Tuesday 4th August 2015
Daily 9.30 – 5.30pm, with some additional evening presentations and activities
Participants are invited to arrive after 5pm on Saturday 1st August, and to attend a concert given by the course tutors in the evening at the Village Hall

Annabel Knight (recorders)
Robin Bigwood (keyboard accompaniment, technical/electronics)

Full course (3 days, plus Saturday concert): £320 (includes all meals and free camping)
Single days each: £110 (includes all lunch and supper)

Please note that a non-returnable £50 deposit is payable on application. The remainder of fees become payable on 1st July 2015.

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Most classes will take place at Okewood Hill Village Hall (RH5 5PY), near Dorking in Surrey.
Some activities are held at Annabel and Robin’s countryside home, 10 minutes walk away.

Level and ethos
Our advanced course is aimed at players of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 of the UK examination boards or higher, and aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit. The course is ideal for those preparing for auditions, examinations or diplomas, including college and university students, or those simply wishing to develop performance skills and enhance existing knowledge.

The course aims to provide and relaxed and friendly environment in which to study both solo and ensemble repertoire from all periods, with the emphasis of the course on personal achievement and acquiring new skills, knowledge and techniques. Our experienced and knowledgable tutors aim to offer concise and constructive suggestions, with the aim of leaving you feeling more confident and inspired to take your playing to the next level.

You will be working with others in a small group; we suggest you prepare 2 or 3 solo pieces which you are prepared to perform in the class. Ensemble music will be supplied but you may bring your own if there is something you want to try.

Course content
Each day of the course is structured to include technique sessions and masterclass sessions in the mornings, with afternoon sessions often focusing on special topics and ensemble music. Topic-based sessions can be on student demand and in the past have included historical and contemporary techniques (including using laptops and electronics), ornamentation, repertoire of specific periods, baroque dance, rhetoric, and instrument maintenance.

Other course highlights include:

  • Professional ‘on-tap’ accompaniment on piano and harpsichord
  • Beautiful countryside surroundings to relax and inspire, including a fabulous local country pub!
  • Professional tutors’ concert (Saturday 1st August)
  • Night hike up nearby Holmbury Hill (optional, but worth it for the views!)
  • Course BBQ

Travel and Directions
Classes are held at:
Okewood Hill Village Hall
Honeywood Lane
Okewood Hill

The nearest station is Ockley (3.5 miles); Dorking (10 miles). Gatwick Airport is 20 miles away by road to the East. We can supply lifts from Ockley or Dorking if necessary.

Accommodation and Meals
Camping is available at no extra cost in the orchard next to Annabel and Robin’s home. We have a limited number of tents and sleeping bags available to lend, but you may prefer to bring your own. We can supply 24 hour use of our bathroom facilities and lend pillows and towels by arrangement.

Alternatively, if you wish for more comfort, there are a number of bed and breakfast establishments within a 10-minute drive. Here are a few recommended by previous course participants:

Meals are included in the course fee, including a light snack on the evening of Saturday 1st August.

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