The Woodwind Cafe

Prices

Woodwind Cafe – Non Residential (includes tuition and meals): £230.00
Individual lesson (please note, places for individual lessons are limited and will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Multiple lessons are available where appropriate): £32.00

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Course tutors

Born in London, John Cushing grew up in Liverpool. He began playing the clarinet at the age of thirteen and, after leaving school, studied with Sidney Fell at the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he was awarded the Hiles Medal. He later continued his studies in London with John McCaw. After five years as Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, John was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in April 1978, a post he held until September 2014, 36 very happy and fulfilling years. Since joining he has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on many occasions, and has an extensive Concerto repertoire, including James Macmillan’s clarinet concerto “Ninian,” which was written for and dedicated to him in 1998. John performed premieres of Ninian in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London and later around the UK, as well as on tour in Bergen, Norway. He made the world première recording of the work with the RSNO and Alexander Lazarev. He was delighted to perform the piece in Scotland again in 2014 with RSNO after a period of 16 years and thrilled that new audiences responded to it so enthusiastically. In other concertos John has appeared as soloist with conductors as diverse as Rattle, Berglund, Bamert, Gibson, Jane Glover, Takuo Yuasa, Weller, Lazarev, Walker and many others. In the past few years, John has given several other World and Scottish première performances of works for solo clarinet and chamber ensemble, including pieces by Sweeney, John Adams, Ted Kirk and again James Macmillan, this time a piece for clarinet alone – From Galloway which is also again dedicated to him. As a guest orchestral player John has performed as Principal clarinet with many of the British symphony orchestras. John Cushing has a particular interest in chamber and contemporary music. Over the years he has been a member of and played with groups as diverse as Paragon, Allander and Hebrides Ensembles, has worked with many string quartets and the clarinet, soprano and piano trio Vocalise. He is currently busy in the Phoenix wind trio with Katherine Bryan (flute) and David Hubbard (bassoon) as well as the wind quintet Primi whose players are members of both the RSNO and Halle. John has taught clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) since 1978 and gives masterclasses and recitals throughout the country, primarily with pianist Scott Mitchell. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from RCS in July 2014 and is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Salomon Prize 2015.

Juliet Colville studied clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nicholas Cox, Linda Merrick and Colin Pownall (bass clarinet).  She was awarded a Major Entrance Award from the RNCM to continue her studies and graduated with a Master of Music in 2006.  As a student Juliet was the leader of the National Youth Wind Orchestra for 2 years, playing in concerts around the UK and in Ireland.  Since graduating Juliet has worked with orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra and the National Concert Orchestra.  She spent four years as the clarinet, tenor saxophone and flute player for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular with whom she made several TV broadcasts including for BBC Songs of Praise.  She has also performed as a deputy on the South Pacific UK tour and for Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along for Theatre Clwyd.  Juliet also enjoys recitals and education work with her reed trio, the Arundo Trio as well as being in demand as a woodwind teacher in the North West.  Juliet has been a tutor on the Harrogate Clarinet Summer School since its first year.

Juliet also performs with various other ensembles including the British Clarinet Ensemble and St Clements Wind Ensemble.

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Event Description

The Woodwind Cafe presents an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a young musician in a friendly and fun environment. The Cafe’s schedule is structured around providing an experience of ensemble playing; including teamwork, musicality, listening and rhythm, with a valuable performance opportunity to display the ensemble’s achievement during the course!

You will have the opportunity to share your curiosity about music through group discussion and listening, as well as trying out other instruments in the woodwind family, such as the bass clarinet or piccolo flute. Feel free to bring along a piece of solo music which you would be comfortable to play, as you will be encouraged to perform this in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The course runs from 9.30am – 5pm on the Wednesday & Thursday, on the Friday its 9.30am until after the end of the final concert which is usually about 9.30pm. Lunch is provided on the Wednesday & Thursday, however on the Friday they will be provided with lunch & dinner. There is also a break each morning and afternoon where they can have a drink. For an idea of what the course involves please the sample timetable.

The Woodwind Cafe is a wonderful chance to make new friends, make music together and learn from each other; we would love to see you there!

Harrogate

The beautiful and historic spa town of Harrogate, with its parks and gardens, castles and abbeys and closeness to the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, is an ideal venue for the course; relaxing, invigorating and inspiring.

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Organizers

Windstruments

3 Croft Avenue, Crossflatts, Bingley BD16 2DT, United Kingdom

About the organiser

Windstruments was started in 1994 as a woodwind and brass instrument repair company. Since then we have expanded into one of the largest stockists of musical instruments in the UK adding a branch in Harrogate, known as Music House, as well as Bingley. We also stock accessories, cases and gifts.

During the school holidays, we run four summer schools in Harrogate for woodwind instrumentalists from ages 8 to 80: Clarinet Summer SchoolSax Summer SchoolFlute Kitchen and Woodwind Cafe.

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