Gartmore House Saxophone Weekend
30th March - 2nd April 2018

Gartmore House Saxophone Weekend

The Course

30th March - 2nd April 2018

In its first few years, the Saxophone weekend has been a massive success and it is now a three-day course, annually in April. If you need more information or want to reserve your place now, please get in touch with Margaret Douglass

This new residential course was introduced in 2014 for saxophonists and it gives you the opportunity to play in large and small saxophone ensembles and meet new friends in the saxophone world. You will receive invaluable coaching on your ensemble playing, technique and tone production from some of the UK's top tutors. Bring one saxophone, or perhaps bring the six different ones you play. Everyone is catered for with music selected from one of the biggest libraries of saxophone music in the world, which will be available to use in your free time. Come as an established ensemble, or come as an individual. The music will be an eclectic mixture of classical and jazz.

This course is held at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire, offering ideal facilities and outstanding scenery all around.

The course opens with dinner on Friday evening, followed by an introductory session for large ensemble. Saturday and Sunday have four ninety minute small ensemble sessions during the day, with another large ensemble session after dinner. More small ensemble coaching on Monday, finishing with a large ensemble finale after lunch.

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 Monday afternoon tea. Non-resident participant fees include coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea. Extensive information on Gartmore House can be found here:

Course Director

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

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.

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Richard Ingham
Course Director
(photo by Allan MacDonald)


"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

"Your teaching is an inspiration to us all!"

School Director of Music

"Thank you so very much for yet another fabulous and inspiring week of saxophone."

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