Terms and Conditions
Applications, Bookings and Payments
Applications are on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Enquiries for available places on the course can be made by the website application form. You will be advised as to availability and you will be asked to pay a deposit of £200 within 28 days to secure your booking. Once your payment is received, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course. The balance must be paid in full by 1st June 2019.
Applicants aged 16-17 years can only be accepted if accompanied by a parent or an official guardian, or if we have a signed written agreement that we will not take responsibility for the actions of anybody under the age of 18. We regret we are unable to accept applications for players under the age of 16 years.
En-suite single occupancy room with tuition and inclusive of meals: £810
Non-participating partners are very welcome to attend the course in en-suite single adjacent rooms. Please email for rates minus the course fee.
Non-residential rate including all tuition, entry to concerts and lunch: £475.
Please note that there are no facilities for camping on site. Those wishing to camp or stay in any type of mobile home will be required to make arrangements at a nearby camping site.
Cancellations and Refunds
If you cancel before 28th February 2018, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you cancel between 1st March and 30th April, 50% of your deposit (i.e. £100) will be refunded. If you cancel on or after 1st May 2019 (for any reason), no refund of your deposit will be made. The balance payment must be made no later than 1st June 2019 – after this date no refunds can be made.
We advise all participants to take out personal insurance to cover you should you have to withdraw from the course at short notice.
Instrument and Personal Safety
Health and safety is a top priority on this course, but applications are only accepted on the basis that you accept full responsibility for your own personal health and safety throughout the duration of the course. You are also entirely responsible for the safety of your own musical instrument(s). Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover in these respects, and that you know the specific requirements of your insurance and observe them throughout the course. Applications are only accepted on this basis.
Players with Disabilities
Every effort will be made to meet the specific needs of any player. Please enquire well in advance of the course date concerning the suitability of any venue for access, etc.
Change of Details
Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the course runs as planned, it may be necessary to change details without notice. In the event of the course being cancelled (with or without notice), liability is strictly limited to a full refund of the amount already paid by each individual applicant. Players make their applications on this basis.
If you have specific dietary requirements, please ensure you include the details on the booking form as the venue plans the menu for the course well in advance of the course dates.
Please ask! The intention is for you to have a really enjoyable and satisfying music-making experience. If you are unsure about any aspect of the course, please do not hesitate to ask!
PLAYING STANDARDS – Guidelines
Intermediate standard players: AB* grades 6-8
Good fluency in a range of music which will involve some technical challenges and may be in keys up to five sharps or flats. Good tuning, tone production, dynamic range and articulation will be required. The music will normally be played one-to-a-part, unless there is a special reason to do otherwise. Clarinets normally only require B flat instruments. Horn players may be required to do basic transpositions.
Advanced standard players: Above AB* grade 8/ performance diploma standard
Fluency in all keys is essential, as many of the pieces in these courses are technically and musically demanding. As well as excellent, diploma-standard tuning, tone production, extreme dynamics, and a wide range of articulation speeds and characters, players will also need to cope with occasional rhythmic and counting complexities. These sessions will be one player to a part, unless otherwise specified for a particular musical reason. Clarinettists require B flat and A instruments, alternative instruments (e.g. piccolo, bass clarinet, etc.) may be required (please check for details), and horn players need to be proficient in all the normal transpositions.
We regret that at present we are unable to accommodate elementary standard players of grade 5 or less.