Expired Piano Workshop: A New Departure with Philip Fowke

  •  September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Image by Peter LawsonPiano Workshop: A New Departure!
with Philip Fowke

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September 2019
Level: All
Fee: £210

Course No. 3348
Solo Study Course

An innovative approach where repertoire is not required in advance. A New Departure is designed for those who feel that they have never really discovered how to learn a piece with confidence and security; addressing fundamental issues which are so often overlooked in the earlier stages of learning. This course offers an opportunity for everyone to contribute on an equal basis, without nerves, and above all, with pleasure in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Participants are not required to prepare or bring any music; a selection of very short pieces, or even just a few bars of an elementary piece, will be provided by Philip in the first session.

These pieces will be studied and fingered in such a way as to make them ready for performance; there will be an informal concert on the Sunday afternoon for those who wish to play, but there is no obligation to take part.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 14 miles south of Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

Course Fee
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B fee.

The balance payments for fees are due 3 weeks before the course start date, as indicated on your deposit receipt. Balance payments can be made in the following ways;
– By card, phone 01373 812383
– By cheque
– By bank transfer (BACS info sent out on request)

Accommodation Fees are payable in addition to the Course Fee. Jackdaws will take care of booking your accommodation; B&B rooms will be allocated a few  weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) including booking fee.

B&B accommodation is arranged with local hosts, who are happy to welcome Jackdaws course participants, and includes a continental breakfast. Several are within walking distance of Jackdaws in Great Elm, and in neighbouring villages just a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Alternatively, we can arrange accommodation in local inns and guest houses (with a cooked breakfast available) please call us to discuss your requirements.

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies please let us know in plenty of time, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. All meals and refreshments (except breakfast) are prepared and served at Jackdaws by our dedicated cooks, Loo and Alex. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

During the weekend, communal lunch and dinner will be served at the table, allowing you to converse with your fellow participants and tutors.

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