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Blow the Dust! Orchestral Playing Day

10th June @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Did you learn to play an instrument when you were at school but haven’t got it out of the case for a long time? Or have you taken up playing an instrument in adult life just for fun? Do you like playing orchestral music? Were you a member of the school recorder group?

If the answer is YES to any of these questions then come to Blow the Dust off your Instrument, 10 June 2017.

This Orchestral Playing Day will give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include Henry Mancini’s lyrical Moon River from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, Edward German’s well known Nell Gwynne Suite and Moszkowski’s atmospheric Spanish Dance.

There will also be items for wind band (conductor Gill Henshaw) and string orchestra (conductor Ann-Marie Shaw). The recorder ensemble will also have a varied diet of music carefully chosen by their conductor, Chris McDouall.

The instrumental parts will be sent out in advance of the course, to give you time to get to grips with the notes ahead of the day itself.

Please note: This course is not suitable for players of a standard below Associated Board Grade 2 (except recorders)

Alexander Technique
Do you ache whilst playing your instrument? Are you stiff at the end of a rehearsal? Perhaps the Alexander Technique might help you. This technique is designed to change long-standing postural habits which may be causing tension, stiffness, aches and pains which in turn prevent you from achieving your full potential. Fully qualified AT practitioner, Maggie Bishop B Ed, M.Sc, MSTAT will introduce you to the technique and be around during the lunch break to answer your questions.

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Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

Outline Timetable

Saturday 10 June 2017
Albert Hall, Nottingham

9.40am – Registration opens (NB Registration for recorders at 1.15pm)
10.00am – Morning rehearsals (to include coffee break and an introduction to the Alexander Technique)
12.45pm – Meal break
1.15pm – Registration opens for recorders
1.30pm – Afternoon rehearsals for all players (to include tea break)
4.45pm – Break
5.00pm – Informal concert for friends and family
6.00pm – End of course

Blow the Dust Helpers

Would you be willing to give up a little bit of time to help with the smooth running of the course? We particularly need help with registration and also a team of people to help with refreshments during the breaks. You may have a friend/partner who would be willing to help prepare and serve these – no great skill required! If you or a friend/partner would be willing to lend a hand then please indicate when you enrol – thank you!

For any further information about the course, please ring the enrolment secretary, Isobel Bounford, on 01623 653354 or email admin@music-for-everyone.org


10th June
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Albert Hall
N Circus Street
Nottingham, NG1 5AA United Kingdom
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