Advanced Course 2014


Dates and fees

Thursday 31st July  – Sunday 3rd August 2014
Daily 9.30 – 5.30pm, with some additional evening presentations and activities

Dan Laurin (31st July – 1st August)
Annabel Knight (full course)
Robin Bigwood (keyboard accompaniment, full course)

Full course (4 days): £390
Single day: £110; Two days £200; Three days £295

Students in full time education may deduct 10% from the course fee. Pre-existing ensembles may apply, with a 20% deduction per player.

Please note that a non-returnable £50 deposit is payable on application. The remainder of fees become payable on 1st July 2014.

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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 courses are 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 particularly suitable for those preparing for auditions, examinations or diplomas, 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 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, except for pre-formed ensembles who should prepare their own repertoire as a group.

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 (Friday 1st August)
  • Night hike up nearby Holmbury Hill (optional, but worth it for the views!)
  • Course BBQ and barn dance

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:

Lunches are included in the course fee, as is breakfast for campers. An evening meal will also be provided on Thursday 31st July. Other evening meals are taken at the expense of the course participants at the local pub (Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd August) The course finishes at 6pm on Sunday 3rd August.

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