July 2019 Mermaid Inn - FATB 3

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Flutes at the Barns July 2019
Course Summary
Course Title:
Flutes at the Barns July 2019
Start date:Monday 8th July (arrivals between 4 pm and 6.30 pm)
End date:
Friday 12th July, 9 am
The Mermaid, Staffordshire Peak District, UK
Sorry, this course is now FULL; please email the course administrator if you’d like to be held as a reserve.
Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019

Read about this course below.

Course Description and Tutors

This Flutes at the Barns course is open to adult players of all abilities, whether new to the courses or returning FATBers. International participants welcome, as ever.

Course tutor Zoë Booth will be joined by Rachael Buxton, course accompanist, to welcome you to an exclusive Flutes at the Barns - limited to just eleven participants - in July 2019. After a tasty supper, course activities will begin with a short introductory group session. On Tuesday morning the full range of activities will commence, with up to five sessions each day featuring a varied programme including an individual half-hour lesson with Zoë for every participant, a private half-hour rehearsal with Rachael Buxton, group sessions including workshops on repertoire, technique, interpretation and ensemble playing, small ensemble playing (some with coaching), and the chance to perform in informal participant concerts and/or a masterclass. Zoë and Rachael will also perform in an exclusive tutor concert. The course will conclude with a friendly and supportive concert, during which participants may choose to perform solos, ensemble pieces, in flute choir or simply enjoy supporting their fellow performers.

Flutes at the Barns is delighted to host a visit from All Flutes Plus, a specialist flute shop based in Warren Street, London, who will provide the chance to browse music, accessories and to try head-joints and flutes of all sizes.

Flutes at the Barns has always encouraged a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which participants of any ability level can improve and make music together without pressure. Those who do choose to take advantage of the solo and/or performing opportunities will be given every encouragement from their tutors and fellow course-goers. Participants are recommended to prepare solo material as the basis for their lesson and accompanist session, and may also bring up to three other pieces which could be performed in any of the participant concerts/masterclass, if they choose to do so. All other music will be provided, so please expect sight-reading at your level. If you play piccolo, alto or bass flute please do bring them, and you will get the chance to play them in the ensemble sessions. Breaks and mealtimes are often sociable events, with much like-minded musical talk, however there are also chances for some time alone during the course, whether to rest, practise or explore the local landscape.


The venue for Flutes at the Barns July 2019 is a magnificent 17th century former coaching inn, beautifully renovated - within the conditions of the grade II listing - for our private and exclusive use, with luxurious and comfortable ensuite bedrooms for all. The Inn itself is easy to find, located in Thorncliffe and overlooking the stunning Roaches ridge of the Peak District in Staffordshire, north UK. Once inside, the modern facilities are combined with historic characterful details, linking back to the property’s earliest origins in 1653 . The views from the three large lounges’ picture windows are breathtaking - and uninterrupted, as there are no other properties within a mile, making it perfect for our musical use.

The former bar area has been preserved in tact, providing a cosy area for seating in small groups (or even playing pub games!) as well as being an additional space - to the three lounge areas - for musical rehearsals. The main dining area can seat everyone around one table, with a  wood-burning stove and impressive views as far as Snowdonia on a clear day. There is no shortage of space for music-making in small and large groups, as well as for your individual lessons with Zoë (flute) and Rachael Buxton (piano accompaniment), and during any down-time you might choose to take any of the famous walks from the doorstep to explore the local area, or perhaps enjoy breaks outside in our own large grassed area, should the weather prove favourable.

The Mermaid Inn - like the other Flutes at the Barns venues - has been chosen carefully to provide an inspirational backdrop for musical activities and a fun an supportive atmosphere; combined with great food and luxurious ensuite accommodation it is the perfect flute retreat and a FATB favoured venue.

Meals and Refreshments

Whilst on Flutes at the Barns allow yourself to be taken care of, with catering supplied by the talents of David Wakefield and his team of The Dinner Party Company. Daily breakfasts will include a range of options, including cooked items. To sustain your energy levels throughout the music-filled days, morning and afternoon breaks will offer snacks as well as hot drinks, with tasty buffet choices on offer for lunch. At the end of the day enjoy being served a delicious two-course evening meal (with a special celebration banquet on Thursday evening). Special diets are accommodated.

Catering will start with supper on Monday evening (6.45 pm), finishing with breakfast on Friday morning, allowing for a leisurely end to the musical activities on Thursday evening, and a restful departure (avoiding rush hour) the following day.

There is no bar; alcoholic drinks may be brought to the course for your own consumption, or to share with friends.

Other Information

Please note that submission of an application for any Flutes at the Barns course confirms your adherence to the terms and conditions. Please see the top of this page for further information and to read the Terms and Conditions.
Course fee:
£740 (£100 deposit payable upon application, balance due by Monday 13th May 2019). The course fee is inclusive of full-board residential participation, all meals and refreshments.
How to apply:
It’s easy to apply, in just two steps:

1. Complete the online application form (see top of this page)
2. Submit your application form plus a deposit payment to the course administrator
Nearest airports: Manchester or East Midlands (both approximately 1 hour away).

Nearest train stations: Buxton (approximately 20 mins away), Stoke on Trent (approximately 30 mins away) or Macclesfield (approximately 40 mins away).

There is plenty of free parking.

The course administrator will provide an opportunity for participants to share lifts on the pre-course questionnaire.
Partners are welcome to accompany flute participants and share their accommodation at a reduced cost of £370, taking full part in all except the musical activities. (Partners are welcome to attend and support their playing partner in any performances during the course.)  If making an application with a non-playing partner, please note that the total deposit is £150.
If you have a particular physical need please speak to the course administrator before making your application, to ensure that the venue and activities can be happily suited to your requirements.
Correspondence is by email unless otherwise requested.
1. Upon applying for the course you will receive confirmation of your application.
2. Once the course is filled, your place on the course will be confirmed.
3. Approximately ten weeks before the course final details will be sent; at this point your final balance payment and pre-course questionnaire will be requested, to arrive no later than eight weeks before the course begins.

At any other time please do not hesitate to contact the course administrator with any queries.

01727 765511
07976 613750

Flutes at the Barns is a division of Zocopoco Limited, registered in England and Wales no. 7287733.
Registered office: 30 Whitecroft, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1UU.

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