Budding brass musicians can now learn from the best as Bolsover District Council stages its annual Brass Summer School – hosted by double champions Fodens Band.
Places are still available for the week long 2013 Summer School which is being directed by Fodens star players Mark Wilkinson and Glyn Williams helped by a host of tutors from the Double Champions.
Held at Heritage High School in Clowne from July 23-18, participants will enjoy expert tuition, learn new musical skills and techniques, experience playing at top local tourist attractions and engage in social activities that will help them experience the local area and what it has to offer.
The participants will also play a trio of concerts. The first, on Friday, July 26, they can be heard at Hardwick Hall commencing at 2pm, whilst the following day, Saturday, July 27, they will be at Creswell Craggs, also starting at 2pm.
The final concert will be performed at Heritage High School, Boughton Lane, Clowne on Sunday, July 28, commencing at 6.45pm. The Heritage High School event will feature Mark Wilkinson, Glyn Williams and Helen Williams as guest soloists.
Tickets for the events are limited and it is therefore advised that you obtain them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. They are available from Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire or from the ticket hotline (01246) 242424.
Mark Bousie of Fodens will also lead a one day course for Junior Brass and Percussion for players up to Associated Board Grade 5 equivalent, which will be on Thursday, July 25, from 9am to 5pm, at Heritage High School, Clowne.
It is aimed to provide an ideal opportunity for young brass and percussion players to discover and explore all the best aspects about playing in a brass band. The day is intended to improve instrumental and ensemble skills.
Finally, an action packed week will also see Mark Bousie lead a ‘Brass for Beginners’ course on Friday, July 26.
Starting at 10am and going on to 2.45pm, it is aimed at providing a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young musicians aged four to nine to be able to discover the joys of playing a brass instrument.
Sessions, delivered in the ‘Wider Opportunities’ teaching style, will enable young children to take their first steps in learning to play a brass instrument. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For further information or to book a place please visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/bbss or telephone 07979 240423.