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  2. About
    1. "The Benslow Bubble"
    2. Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme
    3. Benslow Music Online
    4. Our Guest Experience Promise
    5. Our Story
    6. Our Venue
      1. Accommodation
        1. Main House
          1. St Francis
          2. St Cecilia
          3. Oriel
          4. Sybil Eaton
          5. Helen Wright
          6. Rogner
          7. Bernard Shore
          8. Springrice 23
          9. Springrice 24
          10. Springrice 25
        2. Coach House
          1. A1 Purcell
          2. A2 Arne
          3. A3 Handel
          4. B1 Walton
          5. B2 Britten
          6. B3 RVW
          7. B4 Tippett
          8. B5 Elgar
          9. B6 Holst
          10. B7 Delius
        3. Pamela Maud
          1. Pamela Maud 11 Tallis
          2. Pamela Maud 12 Byrd
          3. Pamela Maud 14 Dowland
          4. Pamela Maud 15 Morley
        4. Waldeck
          1. Waldeck 12
          2. Waldeck 13
          3. Waldeck 14
          4. Waldeck 15
          5. Waldeck 16
          6. Waldeck 17
        5. Fieldfares
          1. Fieldfares 1
          2. Fieldfares 2
          3. Fieldfares 3
          4. Fieldfares 4
          5. Fieldfares 5
          6. Fieldfares 6
          7. Fieldfares 7
          8. Fieldfares 8
        6. The Lodge
          1. Lodge 1
          2. Lodge 3
          3. Lodge 4
          4. Lodge 5
          5. Lodge 6
        7. Family Accommodation
        8. Non-Residents
      2. Music Rooms
        1. Peter Morrison Hall
        2. Ibberson
        3. Studio
        4. Palmer Hall
        5. Waldeck 1
        6. Waldeck 2
        7. Waldeck 3
        8. Waldeck 4
        9. Fieldfares Ensemble Room
        10. Fieldfares Stephen Wilkinson Room
      3. Campus
      4. Catering
      5. Pre-Concert Dining
      6. Gardens
      7. Gift Shop
      8. Library
        1. Music For Sale
      9. Local Attractions
        1. Arkley Fine Art
        2. Hitchin Lavender
        3. North Hertfordshire Museum
        4. St Mary’s Church
        5. Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve
    7. Meet the Team
      1. Peter Hewitt
      2. Dr Christopher Roberts
      3. Tim Sharp
      4. Steve Saint
      5. Karen Luxon
      6. Joanne Flavell
      7. Laura Thompson
      8. Carline Bushen
      9. Governance
    8. Jobs and Volunteering
      1. Job Vacancy: Head of Music and Learning
      2. Arts Administration Work Placements
      3. Concert Stewards
      4. Hospitality Team
      5. Library, Office and Garden Volunteers
      6. Welcome Hosts
  3. Courses
    1. 2020 Courses
      1. April 2020 Courses
      2. August 2020 Courses
      3. February 2020 Courses
      4. January 2020 Courses
      5. July 2020 Courses
      6. June 2020 Courses
      7. March 2020 Courses
      8. May 2020 Courses
      9. November 2020 Courses
      10. October 2020 Courses
      11. September 2020 Courses
    2. 2021 Courses
      1. April 2021 Courses
      2. August 2021 Courses
      3. December 2021 Courses
        1. *NEW* Cantata-thon with Cambridge Handel Opera
        2. *NEW* Spontaneous Social Piano for Christmas
        3. A Victorian Christmas Weekend
        4. English and American Song
        5. String and Piano Ensembles with Nigel Clayton and the Bingham (2 night option)
        6. String and Piano Ensembles with Nigel Clayton and the Bingham (3 night option)
        7. Violin Masterclass with Madeleine Mitchell
        8. Winter Saxes
        9. Wonderful Winds Flute Course
      4. February 2021 Courses
      5. January 2021 Courses
      6. July 2021 Courses
      7. June 2021 Courses
      8. March 2021 Courses
      9. May 2021 Courses
      10. November 2021 Courses
        1. *NEW* Benslow Recorder Festival
        2. *NEW* Boogie Knights with Joglaresa
        3. *NEW* Group Quintets with the Tedesca
        4. *NEW* Late Starter String Orchestra
        5. *ONLINE* ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus for Piano Teachers
        6. An Introduction to Wind Chamber Music
        7. Arranging and Orchestration
        8. Baroque Chamber Music at A=415 (2 night option)
        9. Baroque Chamber Music at A=415 (3 night option)
        10. Consorting Viols (2 night option)
        11. Consorting Viols (3 night option)
        12. Developing your Aural Skills
        13. Intermediate Piano
        14. Leading from Behind: A course for chamber music groups with piano
        15. Quintessential Clarinets
        16. Speed Dating for Strings and Piano
        17. String Quartets with the Coull (2 night option)
        18. String Quartets with the Coull (3 night option)
        19. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (2 night option)
        20. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (3 night option)
      11. October 2021 Courses
        1. *NEW* “Four-Hand Winners”: Piano Duets with Nigel and Imma (2 night option)
        2. *NEW* “Four-Hand Winners”: Piano Duets with Nigel and Imma (3 night option)
        3. *NEW* Build Your Confidence to Play to Your Strengths
        4. *NEW* Playing the Standard Jazz Repertoire
        5. *NEW* The Benslow Baroque Project: Music for St Cecilia by Handel and Draghi
        6. *ONLINE* Come Dancing - with a focus on the Sarabande, Minuet, Waltz, Foxtrot and the Tango!
        7. Bass Clarinet Extravaganza
        8. Bel Canto: Caccini to Puccini
        9. Brass Ensembles with Peter Bassano
        10. Clarinet Ensemble
        11. Group Quartets with Jonathan Trout
        12. JazzFest
        13. Keeping It Fresh
        14. Late Starter Cello Weekend with Jenny Curtis
        15. Late Starter Piano
        16. Reed Making Day for Oboists
        17. Sight Singing for Beginners
        18. String Orchestra Plus
        19. String Quartets with the Maggini
        20. The Complete Flautist
        21. The Wonderful World of Musical Theatre
        22. Two's Company: Duos for Violin and Cello
        23. Viola Day with Martin Outram
      12. September 2021 Courses
        1. *NEW* Piano Trios with the Barbican Trio
        2. Elementary Winds
    3. 2022 Courses
      1. April 2022
        1. *NEW* Balkan Music Bridge Europe - Asia: Balkan tunes which travel from the East to the West and back
        2. *NEW* String Orchestra: Metamorphosen Day
        3. *NEW* The Benslow Baroque Opera: Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes
        4. Bass Clarinet Extravaganza
        5. Cello Orchestra
        6. Flutes Inspired
        7. Piano Sight Reading
        8. Release your Voice
        9. Spring SongFest
        10. String Orchestra
        11. String Quartets with the Allegri
      2. February 2022
        1. *NEW* Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas
        2. *NEW* The Self-Reliant Singer: Your Vocal Toolbox
        3. Advanced String Chamber Music
        4. Clarinet Ensemble
        5. Grade 5 Theory
        6. Intermediate Piano
        7. JazzFest
        8. String Quartets with the Maggini
        9. Two's Company: Duos for Violin and Cello
        10. Violin Workshop with Simon Smith
        11. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (2 night option)
        12. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (3 night option)
      3. January 2022
        1. *NEW* FolkFest
        2. *NEW* Latin Jazz with Marco Marconi
        3. *NEW* String Quartets and Piano Chamber Music with the Tedesca Quartet and Charles Matthews
        4. *NEW* Swedish Folk Tunes for Fiddle and Nyckelharpa
        5. Baroque Chamber Music at A=415 (2 night option)
        6. Baroque Chamber Music at A=415 (3 night option)
        7. Chamber Orchestra
        8. ClarinetFest
        9. Consorting Viols
        10. Elementary Strings
        11. English Lute Songs Old and New
        12. Foundation String Chamber Music
        13. Improve your Sight Reading for Beginners
        14. String Quartets with the Coull (2 night option)
        15. String Quartets with the Coull (3 night option)
      4. June 2022
        1. *NEW* Frills and Furbelows: Tackling French Ornamentation and Trimmings
        2. *NEW* Inhabit your Body, Inhabit your Songs
        3. *NEW* Jazz Improvisation for Beginners and Improvers
        4. Baroque Trio Sonatas with Da Camera
        5. Chamber Orchestra
        6. Folk Orchestra
        7. Group Quartets with the Tedesca
        8. Late Starter Cello Weekend
        9. Romantic Piano
        10. Small Mixed Chamber Music
        11. String Quartets with the Tedesca (2 night option)
        12. String Quartets with the Tedesca (3 night option)
        13. Summer Saxes
        14. Vienna, Budapest, Constantinople: Eastern European café music in the age of Brahms and Mahler
        15. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (2 night option)
        16. Wind Ensembles with the London Myriad (3 night option)
      5. May 2022
        1. *NEW* Developing Confidence in Jazz Improvisation
        2. *NEW* Gregorian Chant: The Joys of Singing
        3. *NEW* The Benslow Gospel Choir
        4. *NEW* The Flute and Harp Duo
        5. *NEW* The Music of Marc’ Antonio Ingegneri
        6. Baroque Orchestra: Handel's Concerti Grossi Op 3
        7. Beyond the Score
        8. Free Up Your Playing
        9. Guitar Weekend with Gary Ryan
        10. Improve your Sight Reading for Advanced Musicians
        11. Intermediate Strings
        12. Partners in Song
        13. Quintessential Clarinets
        14. Simply Horns
        15. String Chamber Music: Growing in Confidence
        16. String Quartets with the Bingham (2 night option)
        17. String Quartets with the Bingham (3 night option)
        18. The Benslow Klezmer Orchestra
        19. Voices and Viols
    4. Standard Course Timetable
    5. Terms and Conditions
    6. A Guide to Standards
    7. Information for your Stay
    8. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. What's On
    1. Benslow Music On-Demand
      1. Young Artist Platform: Karolina Kubalkova (piano)
      2. Coull String Quartet with Paul Barritt (viola)
      3. Cristiana Achim (piano)
      4. Steve Banks Quintet
      5. Julian Metzger (cello) and Paul Turner (piano)
      6. Peter Bussereau (violin) and Paul Turner (piano)
      7. Sarah Leonard (soprano) and Stephen Gutman (piano)
      8. The Robert Franz Osterwald Lieder Project
      9. Make Music Day 2021: Margaret Archibald (clarinet) and Martin Smith (violin)
    2. 30 September: Lesley Shrigley Jones (cello) and Yekaterina Lebedeva (piano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    3. 1 October: Singing, African Drumming and Percussion Workshop
    4. 1 October: The Importance of Being Oscar Wilde
    5. 8 October: *ONLINE* Exploring the life and compositions of Ethel Smyth, Louise Farrenc, Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn) and Clara Schumann
    6. 8 October: Maggini String Quartet *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    7. 11 October: Emily Hester (viola) and Alexandra Vaduva (piano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    8. 11 October: Marco Marconi (Jazz Piano) and Mark Wade (Double Bass) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    9. 14 October: Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Elizabeth Bradley (double bass) and Yoko Misumi (piano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    10. 15 October: Singing, African Drumming and Percussion Workshop
    11. 21 October: A Taste of Benslow Music!
    12. 29 October: Singing, African Drumming and Percussion Workshop
    13. 31 October: Afternoon Tea
    14. 4 November: Benslow Baroque Project: Music for St Cecilia by Handel and Draghi
    15. 5 November: Coull String Quartet *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    16. 8 November: Lydia Dobson (cello) and Jonathan Dobson (piano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    17. 11 November: Elizabeth Walker and Rachel Beckett (flutes)
    18. 12 November: Joglaresa *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    19. 23 November: Tabea Debus (recorders) and Lynda Sayce (lute) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    20. 25 November: Shakespeare on Singing: The Songs and How They Sounded *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    21. 28 November: Afternoon Tea
    22. 1 December: Tedesca String Quartet with Rebecca Jones (viola) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    23. 3 December: Bingham String Quartet and Nigel Clayton (piano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
    24. 13 December: Alison Langer (soprano) *PLUS LIVESTREAM*
  5. Learning
    1. How to play by ear and improvise on the piano - in simple steps
    2. Jenkins Unravelled
    3. Late Starter Strings
    4. Learn to Love your Teaching
    5. Musical Workshops
    6. Outreach and Engagement
    7. Piano by ear: How to play by ear, improvise and accompany songs in simple steps
    8. Playing the Dots
    9. Young Composers Competition
      1. Young Composers Competition 2021
      2. Young Composers Competition 2020
      3. Young Composers Competition 2019
  6. Venue Hire
    1. Music Facilities Hire
    2. Play And Stay
    3. Bed and Breakfast
    4. Celebrate!
    5. Conferences and Meetings
  7. Support Us
    1. Membership
    2. Donations and Legacies
    3. Friends of Benslow Music
    4. Sponsorship and Advertising
    5. Corporate Membership/Partnerships
    6. Shop at Amazon Smile
  8. News
    1. Dr Christopher Roberts, Head of Music
    2. The Buzz
    3. Call To Audition
    4. 2022 Residential Courses and Booking Arrangements
    5. COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQs
    6. Benslow Music Memories
      1. 2021 Memories
        1. Surviving Lockdown with Benslow Music
      2. 2020 Memories
        1. A peek inside the "Benslow Bubble"
        2. Bach in Lockdown
        3. Bassoon Extravaganza
        4. Benslow Music Online
        5. Folk Orchestra Day with Jon Bennett
        6. Live Music Returns to Benslow
        7. Small Mixed Chamber Music Online
      3. 2019 Memories
        1. "Those cares that do arise from painful melancholy": Depicting disaffection in the English madrigal
        2. A Brilliant Week? Abso-lute-ly!
        3. Benslow Brilliance!
        4. Choirs Have A Special Place In My Heart
        5. Community Clarinets
        6. Insights from Melvyn Tan
        7. Live Cinema at Benslow Music
        8. No Treble Here? My week at Benslow Music
        9. Nurturing Young Talent
        10. Still Going Strong After All These Years
        11. Stretching Boundaries
        12. Tales from a Timpanist
        13. The Best Way to Kick-Start An Academic Year!
        14. The course inspired me so much so that I have been playing in every spare moment I have had since returning home!
        15. Tiny nuances that you never think of yourself make such a huge difference
        16. To visit Benslow Music is always a delight
        17. What’s the collective term for mandolinists?
      4. 2018 Memories
        1. Benslow Baroque Opera Project
    7. Bring A Friend Discount Scheme
    8. Summer Schools
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