What is the Nottingham SaxWeekend?
This weekend course evolved from the established and popular Nottingham Saxday. Many of those attending the one day event were keen to experience more of the same, but with more time to play in ensembles and have further coaching on a range of related topics. The first weekend ran in 2010 and was a great success with those that attended, so it is now firmly established on the saxophone calendar.
What makes it different?
We think we have some ingredients that are hard to beat! In particular, the winning combination of a venue that provides excellent, flexible premises that suit our needs; and a large tutor team with some of the leading players and educators in the the country. The ethos is to create a friendly, supportive environment where everyone feels confident to seek out some new challenges, as well as to meet old friends and play familiar and new material. Our range of specialist tutors mean we can offer extra workshop sessions. At past weekends this has included extended techniques (altissimo, multiphonics etc), performance masterclasses, EWI, jazz and electronics.
Where is the course held?
The weekend is being held at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU. Close to the M1 and in the geographical centre of the country, the venue is easy to get to wherever you are travelling from.
Who is the course suitable for?
|"A fab week-end, hugely enjoyable, and great to have the opportunity for ensemble playing which I rarely get to do. Loads of lovely friendly people, as I came on my own there were only two people ther I knew, so I have made loads of new friends. And a real treat to be entertained by our course mates and such a superb collection of professional players all under one roof. Good to have the shop there as well" |
"Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic weekend. I really didn't want it to end! On a personal level we seemed to achieve a lot in a short time with the ensemble group that we performed with on Sunday afternoon. The jazz session in the vinery on Saturday night was a real treat and I left feeling tired but on a real high!! The tutors were all excellent and a real inspiration. I can't fault any of it."
"Thank you very much for organising such a lovely and friendly course."
Sessions will include ensemble playing (quartets, larger groups), solo masterclasses and workshops. Details of individual sessions will be available at the start of the course.
Saturday 22nd February 2014
11:15 Session 1
14:00 Session 2
15:45 Afternoon tea
16:15 Session 3
18:45 Evening meal
20:00 Concert/jazz in the bar
Sunday 23rd February 2014
09:15 Session 4
11:15 Session 5
14:00 Session 6
15:45 Afternoon tea