Principal Tutor: Paul Garner

Professional horn, trumpet and trombone tutors

As a first timer, I thoroughly enjoyed the week: the venue was excellent; the value was excellent; the pre-course information and organisation was excellent; musical exposure and development was excellent.
2022 course member

Paul Garner

Alongside their work within the two orchestras, brass players will have the chance to learn and perform as a brass ensemble, again guided by our team of professional and highly experienced tutors. The Ensembles Concert will showcase some of the works rehearsed during the week, while the final orchestral concerts will, of course, include plenty for the brass players as well! Positions within the various pieces being rehearsed in both the ensemble and the orchestras will be allocated in discussion with the brass tutors early in the week, to try to provide a good balance for all members. It’s usually the case that horns and brass players spend half their time in the two orchestras, and the remainder in the brass ensemble and valuable sessions with their specialist tutors. Paul writes: “On most brass ensemble player’s bucket list must be the Elgar Howarth arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. I realise that we played the orchestral version a couple of years ago, and dabbled with a few movements in the brass ensemble, however I would like to attempt the whole work – spread across the week and culminating in a spectacular performance in one of the lovely spaces in our new venue!

There will also be plenty of opportunities to investigate works for smaller groups. The biggest difference this year is that we will have a bespoke brass session in the daily timetable every morning, giving us the scope to tackle this fantastic music. I look forward to working with you all on this varied and challenging music!”

As with the other ensembles, brass players will have the opportunity to participate in further open sessions. This is a tremendous chance to work on a wide variety of repertoire on one course.


The standard for the course is Grade 7 or higher, and places are limited to 8 horns, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, and tuba.