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Beginner and Start-Up Events

Taking up an instrument in mid/later life provides a range of health and wellbeing benefits, in addition to being enjoyable in its own right. 

If you'd like to give it a try, don't let anyone tell you you're too old, or that you'll never get anywhere because you didn't learn to read music at school.  Many of our workshop participants are living proof that such remarks are nonsense!

Sorry - no complete beginner events are planned for this term - but please do get in touch if you would be interested in something of this nature.  If you already have a few notes, one of our Easy Woodwind workshops might suit.

We've left the information about our Autumn 2018 events below for reference.

Taster/Starter Session

One-off workshop - learn to make a noise on a woodwind or brass instrument.
When and Where?
10am     Sunday 14th October 2018     Birnam Arts Centre     £15*     (Advance booking required)
Intended for
  • Those who possess a wind instrument but have no idea how to play it!
  • Those who might like to try more than one instrument to discover which might appeal to them
If you can already play a short tune, this session is not appropriate for you!
If you possess an instrument, bring it along even if you are not sure that it is still functional.
To book, e-mail with details of your instrument/interest.

*Those who attend the taster session and opt to continue with the 2018 First Notes course will have the £15 fee set against the cost of this.

First Notes (Wind)

Our short course for adult beginners lets you learn as you play.  Ideal for those who have access to an instrument but can only manage a few notes.  Learn basic technique and music-reading skills in a friendy, supportive environment.

When and Where?

Sundays 28th Oct, 4th Nov, 18th Nov & 9th Dec 2018

10:30 - 12:30

Birnam Arts Centre, Station Road, Birnam, PH8 0DS

£70 for all four sessions (payable on first attendance)

Advance booking required - please e-mail us at with details of your instrument and previous musical history (if any)

Please note, the dates are not consecutive.  The first two sessions are close together, allowing players to check they are getting underway correctly.  Thereafter, there are larger gaps, to leave more time for personal practice.
Prospective players


Potential players of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone or brass instruments are very welcome.
You will need your own instrument (although we do have a few flutes and clarinets available for hire).
Is the course right for me?

If you can produce a note or two but are not yet properly underway and/or have little or no experience of reading music, then yes!
If you read music fluently and can already manage a range of simple tunes, then you might find one of our easy-level workshops more appropriate.
Not sure?  By all means contact us to ask for our advice.

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