Gartmore House Big Band Weekend
17 - 19 November 2017

Gartmore House Big Band Weekend

The Course

17 - 19 November 2017

A weekend of Big Band music at Loch Lomond featuring whole band playing, sectionals, improvising, and an evening jazz bar. Our outstanding experienced jazz tutors are Richard Ingham and Eliot Murray.... If you need more information or want to reserve your place now, please contact Margaret Douglass

Playing Standard

To attend this course we ask that participants should be at least around Grade 5 standard and be prepared to sight read.

The Accommodation

Gartmore House is a magnificent 18th century country mansion set in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland.

The course fees for residential participants include a full Scottish or continental breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, and three course dinner from the Friday evening until Sunday afternoon tea. Non-resident participant fees include coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Extensive information on Gartmore House can be found here:

Course Tutors

Directing the course and tutoring will be Richard Ingham, one of the UK's leading saxophone performers and teachers.

Largo Music Tutor - Richard Ingham - Click for more info

Richard Ingham
Course Director
(photo by Allan MacDonald)

Richard has built up an enviable reputation over many years experience in leading courses for adults. A very friendly atmosphere is guaranteed, one in which performing and technical skills are developed through ensemble coaching. You'll leave the course a better player, a more experienced player, and have a lot of fun on the way.

Richard has been leading saxophone courses for nearly thirty years and has a huge library of music for duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, octets, nonets, 12-piece ensembles and more. As well as being a highly regarded player and teacher, he is active in the fields of classical music, jazz and commercial music, a breadth of experience he brings to all his teaching.

In 2012 he was the Director of the XVI World Saxophone Congress, in St Andrews, the first time this triennial event had been held in the UK since 1976. He is a member of the Comité International du Saxophone. He is Honorary Professor of Jazz Education at the University of St Andrews, and former Composer in Residence and Fellow in New Music at the university. He is joint President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, and editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone (Cambridge University Press), a standard text in universities and conservatoires throughout the world. Richard took part in and advised on the recent BBC Radio 4 documentary about the saxophone The Devil's Horn.

Richard has given many recitals in the UK and throughout the world, including the USA, Canada, China, India, Europe and Thailand, as a soloist and with chamber ensembles. He was a member of the Northern Saxophone Quartet for 26 years, and is now a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble, Trio Verso, Strangeness and Charm and the Auricle Ensemble. He conducted the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain on tour in China and the Czech Republic. He has recorded albums as a soloist and chamber musician, his latest albums being Notes From a Small Country (solo saxophone, wind synthesiser) and Mrs Malcolm (Scottish Saxophone Ensemble). His works for saxophone quartet Mrs Malcolm, Her Reel and Walking The Cowgate were recently featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Made in Scotland series.

Largo Music Tutor - Eliot Murray - Click for more info

Eliot Murray
Big Band Tutor

Eliot Murray has been involved with big bands in one way or another for most of his life. He made his conducting debut at the age of three with Scottish legend Tommy Sampson. He was a member of the hugely successful Fife and Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestras in his teenage years and then began a long professional association with Tommy Sampson.

Eliot has led his own big band for over twenty years, regularly performing all over the UK including a long association with Gleneagles Hotel. He was also the musical director and pianist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra big band for seven years which saw him work with many British jazz greats including Bruce Adams, Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin and many others.

Eliot is also an experienced arranger. His music has been played by the bands of John Dankworth, James Morrison and Syd Lawrence. He regularly works with the BBC Big Band and has directed them on many occasions, most recently with Curtis Steigers at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival. He has had over eighty arrangements broadcast on radio 2.

Eliot is very proud of his education work. He has been an instrumental instructor in schools for thirty years teaching woodwind and guitar. He led workshops and a big band for the Strathclyde Arts Centre from 1992-2007 and has directed thirteen award winning youth ensembles. He has been a tutor on the summer jazz courses run by Richard Michael and NYJOS since 2001. Eliot has also been a staff member of the universities of Strathclyde and St. Andrews as a vocal tutor.


"Richard has that unique ability to convey a great deal of sound advice through explanation, demonstration and question-and-answer, all spiced liberally with a spontaneous sense of humour which puts students at their ease. Everyone played at the closing concert, whether they were experienced ensembles of several years' standing or recent recruits to the ranks of the saxophone, and the supportive atmosphere allowed all participants to feel that they had done themselves justice, enjoyed it, and given others enjoyment. "

Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine

"You have arrived at a great format-jazz, funk, soul playing with singing and improv in popular setting!"

Previous Course participant - Douglas Brownlie

"Thanks again for organising such a great weekend! It’s a shame I have to wait a whole year for the next one. So we can forget about Thad Jones / Mel Lewis and Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland is old hat. The shape of the future is the Richard Ingham / Eliot Murray Jazz Juggernaut! With 3 baritone saxes and 2 drummers, what’s not to like?"

Previous Course participant - Douglas Brownlie

"An absolutely brilliant weekend."

Previous Course participant - Tom Marshall

"Could we make it biennial?"

Previous Course participant - Joanne Thomson

"... Still on a high after the weekend and have used some of Chris' warm-ups with my kids and band and they love it."

Previous Course participant

"That was the most fun I've ever had"

Overheard in corridor

"The weekend was a blast, it's one week on and I'm still walking around smiling at the thought of it!"

Previous Course participant - John Muir