The course gives flautists of intermediate to advanced level the opportunity to explore and be coached in the repertoire of the award-winning Wonderful Winds flute catalogue in small group settings and massed flute choir.


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/R49

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Friday 14 May 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Friday 18 June 2021. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Joss Campbell and Mel Orriss have studied, worked and played together for well over thirty years, since meeting on their first day of 6th form at Chetham’s School of Music.  They share a kindred love and enthusiasm with all things flute and have developed a working chemistry that sees their workshops in demand all over the country. Each day will start with warm ups to get your flute bodies and minds ready for the day followed by a sound and finger agility workshop, with music specifically designed for playing together, working on posture, breathing, sound and fingers. The rest of the day will be divided up between massed flute choir rehearsals, and small chamber group coaching during which Joss and Mel will offer guidance on ensemble technique and rehearsal strategies. The whole selection of the Wonderful Winds Flute Catalogue will be available to use as a resource for the entirety of the course and the Wonderful Winds shop will be also be on site for those who wish to browse and shop. There will be an informal concert on the last afternoon of the course to family and friends if appropriate.

Tutor website: www.wonderfulwinds.com

What will we cover?

Whole group warm ups – sound work, posture, breathing, intonation, engaging your diaphragm, dynamics and finger agility.

Massed flute choir – using repertoire from the Wonderful Winds catalogue, coached and conducted by Mel and Joss, you will experience playing in various positions in the choir.

Small chamber groups – (quartets or quintets). Mel and Joss will co-ordinate different groups and combinations for each afternoon session where you will have the full Wonderful Winds library from which to choose repertoire. You will rehearse under their guidance, receiving coaching on ensemble technique and rehearsal strategies.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Know how to work on your sound; have awareness of correct posture and techniques to adjust intonation in relation to dynamic levels; how to improve breathing and engage your diaphragm.

Perform the various repertoire rehearsed through the week in an informal concert on the last afternoon.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at intermediate to advanced level players with enthusiasm and love for flute ensemble playing.

Improver, Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will be taught in large and small groups with general and individual advice being given as and when required.  As with all Joss and Mel’s courses, the atmosphere will always be supportive and encouraging to the individual.  No prior preparation is required for the course.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutors on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

If you have a piccolo, alto flute or bass flute that you can bring, please do bring along with you on the course and let us know in advance so that we can plan appropriate repertoire. If you do not wish to be included in the optional after lunch chamber sessions, please let us know in advance of the course to assist our advanced grouping and repertoire planning.

What previous participants said about this course…

“The course leaders were excellent. The course was well prepared and the music varied and enjoyable. The technical aspects run by Joss were very helpful and the balance between flute choir and exercises just right.”

“Our tutors were well prepared and organised. They showed energy and enthusiasm, were very patient with us and had high expectations and wants us to produce excellent music. It was all very rewarding.”

“Well organised. Lively and knowledgeable tutors. Good balance between pressure and support Careful attention to giving people the opportunity to playing a range of parts if they wished.”

“Very invigorating. Inspiring.”

“Perfect for ensemble playing as well as for improving individual flute techniques; the teaching was firm helping to take us to the next level, but still supportive and sensitive. Also liked the humour mixed with teaching - perfect for adults.”