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A New Departure April 2017 Waiting List


Jackdaws Tutor Philip FowkeNew Course - A New DeparturePiano Workshop - A New Departure
with Philip Fowke

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April 2017
This Course also runs in September 2017
Level: All
Fee: £200

Course No. 3225
Solo Study Course

After its debut at Jackdaws in May 2016, this revolutionary course was hailed as a radical departure from conventional courses and was received with overwhelming enthusiasm. The result of much feedback from and discussion with, participants over the years, A New Departure is designed for those who feel they have never really discovered how to learn a piece with confidence and security. It also addresses fundamental issues which are so often overlooked in the earlier stages of learning. This course provides a level playing field for all participants, is strictly non-competitive, and is a forum in which all can contribute usefully without pressure, without nerves and above all with pleasure.

Participants should bring no music at all. Instead, a selection of very short pieces, or even just a few bars of an elementary to a modest standard, will be provided in the first session by Philip. Over the weekend, the piece or pieces will be studied, fingered and studied in such a way as to make them ready for performance for the traditional end of course concert on the Sunday afternoon for those who feel willing to volunteer. There is no obligation to play whatsoever.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, roughly 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is roughly 2.5 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to guarantee your place on a course. The total course fee is inclusive of all meals and tuition except breakfast, which is included in the separate B&B price. Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks using fresh, local ingredients where possible.

B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; all other meals are provided on site at Jackdaws.

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Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Great Elm
Frome, Somerset
BA11 3NY
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Start Date: April 28, 2017
End Date: April 30, 2017

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

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