Benslow Music in Hitchin: benslowmusic.org/ Benslow offer a wide range of courses for wind players from near-beginners to advanced players. Accommodation is available for longer courses.
Berkeley Ensemble: www.berkeleyensemble.co.uk/education/cmc/ An annual residential chamber music course in Somerset run by an ensemble of wind and string players formed from members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain's young professional orchestra.
Berwang Music Holidays: https://www.musicholiday.com/ Music courses in the Tyrol and in Derbyshire which mix music making and holiday activities. The courses usually have a choir, a string ensemble and a wind ensemble that spend some time working independently and some time in a variety of combinations.
Big Christmas Wind Orchestra: www.bigchristmaswindorchestra.org/ An annual, charity fund-raising event in London for singers, wind and brass players for one afternoon of Christmas tunes and carols in December.
Big Double Reed Day: https://www.bigdoublereed.com/about.php The BIG Double Reed Day offers a wide range of workshops, classes and concerts to inspire, encourage and entertain oboists and bassoonists of all ages and abilities. Teachers, performers and exhibitors are drawn from all over the UK and farther afield in this unique event, enjoyed by hundreds of participants each year.
CSSM Summer School of Music: cssm.org.uk/ A residential music course including opportunities for wind chamber music and for playing in a wind, chamber or symphonic orchestra. This course is now based at Uppingham School in Rutland.
Dartington Summer School & Festival : www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school/ Summer, residential music courses in Devon for all ages and abilities. The programme varies weekly but overall includes wind workshops and masterclasses, wind chamber music and a wind band.
Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones en Vacances: flutesenvacances.co.uk/wp/ Residential music courses, held regularly, for amateur flute, clarinet and saxophone players both in the UK and abroad. The courses are for all levels of players. Courses for adults are separate from those offered for younger players.
Harrogate Summer Schools: www.windstruments.co.uk/index.cfm Courses for saxophone, clarinet and flute players. These are residential courses in Harrogate (see 'Events' on the web site).
Jackdaws Music Education Trust: www.jackdaws.org.uk/wind/ Weekend courses for flautists, oboists, clarinetists and bassoonists. These are residential courses near Frome in Somerset. The Trust encourages musicians of all abilities to come together and learn from some of the most experienced tutors in the trade.
Malvern Wind Chamber Music Course: www.malvernwinds.co.uk/ An established and popular summer course for amateur wind players in the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, UK. This is a course for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn players of minimum Grade 6 to post-Diploma standard, to play in ensembles of graded ability with expert tutoring by experienced professional performers.
Morley College, London: www.morleycollege.ac.uk/ Morley College runs classes for winds including Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. There are also opportunities for ensemble playing.
Music 4People: www.m4p.org.uk/ Music 4People (M4P) runs an annual residential course in North Yorkshire. The course provides opportunities to play wind chamber music, jazz and to perform with an orchestra, wind orchestra, sax ensemble or big band.
Raasay Music Courses: raasaymusiccourses.com/ Solo bass clarinet, bassoon and wind chamber music courses on the beautiful Hebridean Island of Raasay on the west coast of Scotland. The classes cover all aspects of playing, with an emphasis on ensemble playing. In addition there are Wind Chamber Music courses at Cubertou, in France. These popular summer courses are Advanced Wind Chamber and Elementary/Intermediate Wind Chamber Music.
Summer clarinet: https://www.summerclarinets.co.uk/ A special feature is the opportunity to play some or all of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet will be a highlight , with the added bonus of doing the Brahms Clarinet instead. Alongside this opportunity will be a mixture of clarinet choir, quartets, seminars and lessons. All accommodation will be full board in en suite rooms.
Wind Ensemble Retreats: www.windensembleretreats.com/ With tutors predominantly from the orchestra of Opera North, these are summer retreats for woodwind & french horn players, in the idyllic setting of Parcevall Hall in the Yorkshire Dales.
Zamzam Music: zamzammusic.com/ Residential music courses, held regularly, for amateur flute, clarinet and saxophone players both in the UK and abroad. The courses are for all levels of players. Courses for adults are separate from those offered for younger players.
June Emerson Wind: www.juneemersonwindmusic.com/ A specialist on-line supplier of sheet music for wind instruments. Music from the very large range of titles is supplied by post within a day or two if in stock.
Hummingbird and Maskarade: https://www.hummingbirdmaskarade.co.uk/ Hummingbird and Maskarade publishes the compositions and arrangements of Edward Watson (Hummingbird) and Joh Meadows (Maskarade) for woodwind, saxophone and other instruments.
Larry Clark Music: www.larryclarkmusic.com/books/ Duets, trios, quartets by Larry Clark in a 'compatible' series that allows chamber groups to play together, no matter the instrumentation or who wants to play melody. A member recommends them as fun pieces.
Portus Press: https://portuspress.com/ From the Pink Panther to Praetorius – and Bach to the Beatles – Portus Press offers an extensive catalogue of arrangements and original music for a range of small woodwind ensembles that are varied, interesting … and fun.
Reynard Music: reynard.dpwww.co.uk/ Publishes music for clarinet, saxophone and woodwind ensemble. This includes a number of works by both established composer/arrangers such as Paul Harvey, Gordon Lewin and Carey Blyton and newcomers including Roger May, Charles Hine, Carol Taylor, Gordon Carr, Neville Favell, Sue McDowell and Claire Summerbell, as well as Michael's own compositions.
Sempre Music: https://www.sempremusic.co.uk/ A specialist supplier of sheet music for woodwind, trumpet and mixed ensembles. Sempre Music gives instrumentalists the opportunity to play music arranged and composed as a result of many years experience of teaching in schools and performing professionally.
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Howarth of London: www.howarth.uk.com/ Howarth of London are suppliers of oboes, bassoons, clarinets and saxophones. The London showrooms offer a comprehensive range of accessories and woodwind sheet music.
DOTS, the Camden Music Shop: https://dotsmusiccamden.co.uk/ A friendly shop that deals with everything musical: instruments, music, reeds, repairs, advice and help. Enterprising when it comes to getting hold of music that is hard to find.
British Double Reed Society: bdrs.org.uk/ A society for oboe and bassoon players. The society supports the interests of all double reed players, whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers.
The British Flute Society: https://bfs.org.uk/ A society for flute players. Members come from all walks of life and include amateur and professional players, teachers, students, the flute trade, and people who simply love the flute.
Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain: https://www.cassgb.org/ A society for clarinet and saxophone players. Membership is open to all from beginners to serious students, keen amateurs and professionals and in all musical styles.
Making Music: www.makingmusic.org.uk/ The BMG is a member of Making Music which supports and encourages all kinds of music groups and individuals. We are insured through Making Music and value their guidance and information sheets.