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Weekend 2007

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 Rehearsal Weekend 2007

In October we will be whisked away to an exotic location (well, Derbyshire) for a full weekend rehearsal. 
Date: Friday 26 (evening)  - Sunday 28 October 2007 (tea time)
Location:  The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
Format:  The plan is to include both sectionals (with external tutors) and full rehearsals.  All meals and board will be included, so there may well be some 'free' time for less structured activities, although the main focus will be on preparing excellent performances for the concert on November 3rd.

Friday 26th arrive by time and check in:  17:30

Evening meal:  18:45


Friday evening will be chance to relax together, enjoy some informal music making and meet some of the tutors.


Approximate timetable

(this is provisional at this stage, exact times may change)


Saturday 27th October 2007


08:30 Breakfast

09:15  Session 1 - Sectionals

10:45  Coffee

11:15  Session 2 - Sectionals

12:45  Lunch

14:00  Session 3 - Sectionals

15:45  Afternoon tea

16:15  Session 4 - Full

17:00  End

18:45  Evening meal


Sunday 28th October 2007


08:30 Breakfast

09:15  Session 5 - Sectionals

10:45  Coffee

11:15  Session 6 - Full

12:45  Lunch

14:00  Session 7 - Full

15:45  Afternoon tea

16:15  Depart




Each section will be designated a tutor, and Saturday will be primarily dedicated to sectional work.  There will also be full rehearsal, and on Sunday, after a sectional rehearsal in the morning, the band will play together for most of the day. There will be opportunities for informal playing in the evenings when no formal sessions are scheduled.  Bring music!




The focus of the weekend will be to work on the repertoire for the first half of the concert on 3rd November.  This is likely to comprise new music purchased specially for the event.  For this reason, the playing positions at the weekend and the concert are linked.




Tutors (see below for details) will be selected as leading specialists in their field and experienced as instrumental coaches.  Their objective will be to maximise the potential of each section – their focus will not be on individual instrumental technique.




We are fortunate in being awarded a generous grant for this event.  This will keep the cost per individual low, but in order to qualify for the funding we need to demonstrate commitment by contributing part of the cost ourselves.  Cost will be £70.00 each, with a deposit of £25.00 due by end June 2007, and the balance by the end of September latest.  The cost includes shared accommodation, all meals, tutors and purchase of music for the event.


Follow up event:


Early in 2008 there will be a follow up event, involving the whole of NSW and potentially further players who wish to join for a NSW ‘Outreach’ day, also involving tutors and focussing on the works selected for the event.  This is also an important part of our commitment to the funding organisation, providing a community link for the project.



Tutors for Weekend


All tutors are staff from Royal Northern College of Music








Ian Wright


John Miller


Chris Swann

Low Brass

Chris Houlding


Richard Davis


Lindsey Stoker

Double reeds

Jonathan Small


Rob Buckland



Ian Wright FRNCM

Tutor in Percussion

Ian read mathematics at Aberdeen University before embarking on a career in music, joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist in 1965. He was appointed Principal Timpanist in 1966. Since 1972, he has coached the percussion section of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, of which he had at one time been a member. He was appointed Senior Tutor in Percussion at the RNCM in 1980 and made a Fellow of the College in 1989. He was involved in the preparation of the first Associated Board percussion syllabus, a task which included writing timpani and snare drum pieces for the examinations.

John Miller MA(Cantab), FGSM, FRNCM

Tutor in Trumpet

Deputy Head of School of Wind, Brass and Percussion; Director of Brass Studies

John is internationally recognised as a leading brass teacher. He began playing in a local brass band and continued in the National Youth Orchestra. He subsequently read music at Glasgow University and King's College, Cambridge, and studied trumpet as a postgraduate in New York and Chicago, supported by the Mendelssohn and Boise award and a Sir James Caird travelling scholarship. His performing experience includes the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (1972-1980), the Philharmonia between 1977 and 1994, and the Wallace Collection for its entire existence and his orchestral playing includes playing for Bernstein, Boulti and Svetlanov.

John was professor of trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1979- 2001, and is a brass tutor for The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. In 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School. His numerous published works for brass and ensemble arrangements are available from Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes, and Brasswind Publications. John was awarded a Fellowship of the RNCM in 2006.

Christopher Swann GRSM, LRAM

Tutor in Clarinet

Christopher studied at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently spent 12 years as a clarinettist and saxophonist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He then pursued a varied freelance career, playing Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Scottish Chamber Orchestra among others. In July 1998 he joined the RNCM as Tutor in Clarinet and Eb Clarinet.

He has made a number of concerto appearances with various orchestras including performances of the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto, Debussy's Rhapsodie for Saxophone with the RLPO, and the Weber, Mozart, Finzi and Copland Clarinet Concertos elsewhere. As well as directing his nationally recognised ensemble ZEPHYR, Chris has also performed chamber music with the Maggini, Allegri and Alberni String Quartets and a wide variety of repertoire with members of Northern Chamber Orchestra the RLPO’s Ensemble 10:10 and Manchester Camerata. He also examines for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (graded and diploma) and presents masterclasses.

Chris Houlding GGSM, LRAM

Tutor in Low Brass

Chris was appointed Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North, Britain’s newest and most innovative opera company, when he was 21. Since then he has appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London Brass, London Symphony Brass and the Symphonic Brass of London.

A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music, Chris studied with Denis Wick, Eric Crees and Peter Gane, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize. Prior to this he was a member of the National Youth Brass Band, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and European Union Youth Orchestra, gaining the LRAM Diploma while still at school.

He is Senior Tutor in Brass at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, regular Trombone Professor with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has coached the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jungend Orchester. He gives recitals and masterclasses throughout the UK and Europe and has appeared has appeared regularly at the Joseph Alessi Summer Seminar, Juilliard, Eastman and Boston University in the USA.

Music Director of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra and he has conducted ensembles including the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Northern Junior Philharmonic, Lancashire Youth Symphony, Sinfonia of Leeds, Derbyshire County Wind Orchestra, Chethams School of Music Wind Ensembles and Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Adjudicating assignments have taken him throughout Europe including the Turkish Young Musician of the Year, Norwegian Brass Band Championships and the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.. He has also recently been awarded an MMus in Conducting by the Royal Northern College of Music.

Richard Davis

Tutor in Flute

Richard is principal flute with the BBC Philharmonic as well as author of Becoming an Orchestral Musician: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals , which has been described as ‘an unbeatable-value master-class’ by Classical Music Magazine. For nearly 20 years he has held the position of Senior Lecturer of Flute at the RNCM (where he studied with Trevor Wye) and, more recently also began teaching the flute at Chetham’s School of Music.

In 1983 Richard won first prize in the coveted international flute competition held in America by the National Flute Association of America. As a soloist, he has recorded and broadcast concerti and recitals throughout the world and, as an orchestral player, has appeared on over 200 CDs. He is also active as a conductor and orchestra training coach.

Lindsey Stoker GMusRNCM, PPRNCM

Tutor in Horn

Lindsey took up the horn at the age of 13, won the Skene Award at the Aberdeen International Youth in 1983 and then studied at the RNCM with Mike Purton and Derek Taylor. She performed in the Schumann Konzertstuck and the Tippett Sonata for Four Horns, including a performance at the International Horn Festival, Detmold. She played principal horn with the ECYO from 1987 to 1988 and was appointed third horn with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in 1989. She left to join the Hallé Orchestra as third horn the following year, becoming Assistant Principal horn in 1992.

Lindsey left the Hallé in 2000 and currently pursues a freelance career alongside her RNCM commitments. She is passionate about promoting the horn and frequently leads School workshops, founding RNCM Horn Club to encourage local young hornplayers. She has given Masterclasses and Workshops with the British Horn Society. Her solo appearances include a performance of Strauss 1 at the Salzburg Residenz with the NEO and she is a member of Zephyr Winds.

Jonathan Small ARCM

Tutor in Oboe and Bassoon

Jonathan has been Principal Oboe with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 1984. He won a scholarship to study with Michael Winfield at the Royal College of Music, winning the Joy Boughton Oboe Prize in 1978. He was also Principal Oboe with Scottish Opera from 1980-84, during which time he was a founding member of Paragon Ensemble. He has played as guest principal with most of the country's major orchestras, and appears as a concerto soloist in the UK and abroad. He has recorded the Vaughan Williams Concerto on EMI, the Richard Strauss Concerto on Avie and the William Alwyn Concerto with the RLPO on Naxos was released in December 2006.

Jonathan has taught the oboe at the RNCM since 1990 and is also Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His teaching emphasises development of the students' tone production, solo performance skills, stylistic awareness and working toward perfection of all aspects of technique. He emphasises reed-making skills and proper study of the orchestral repertoire.

Rob Buckland GRNCM, PPRNCM

Tutor in Saxophone

Robert is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist with his Equivox Trio and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, he performs throughout the world. He recently performed Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Panic Concerto at London’s Royal Festival Hall and he will perform with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and the Macau Chamber Orchestra in 2007. He has commissioned and recorded music from many of today’s leading composers and a recording of commissioned concertos with the RNCM Wind Orchestra is planned for release in 2007/8. He regularly works with ensembles such as Michael Nyman Band, London Saxophonic and the BBC Philharmonic as well as with Sax Assault, the Apitos Latin Big Band and his own jazz quartet. Since 1997 he and Andy Scott have established the UK’s largest and most active saxophone programme at the RNCM, and he co-directs the RNCM Saxophone Day, the UK’s largest annual saxophone event.

Player Vacancies
If you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player we are always interested to hear from you.
NSWO - We are currently looking for  Percussion.
NWE - We are currently looking for players in all sections for the new term.