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Wind and Water

7pm Friday 19th Oct - 4:30pm Sunday 21st October 2018 (non-residential)

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ       £115
A light-hearted weekend course run by the Blow & Blast team, Wind and Water offers an opportunity for relatively inexperienced wind players to make music in a mixed group: a cross between a wind orchestra and a small band.

Wind and Water is open to players aged 18 - 80+ years on orchestral woodwind, saxophones, or brass/wind band instruments.  The weekend is aimed primarily at players from ABRSM Grade 2 - 5 level.  There will be the option to choose easier or more challenging instrumental parts.

Award-winning tutors Tricia and Trona Melville-Mason specialise in working with adult learners and returners and are known for their patience, humour and encouragement.
Image of boats on the sea around Skye Repertoire

Proposed repertoire to include arrangements of
  • Handel's Water Music (extracts)
  • Medley of Sea Shanties
  • Sousa's Hands Across the Sea
  • MacCunn's Land of the Mountain and the Flood
and, of course, the Skye Boat Song!

Please note, the list is open to change, depending on the number and ability level of players.
Cost and Booking

The course fee will be £115, which includes tuition and provision of practice parts for the principal pieces.  These will be e-mailed out in PDF form a couple of weeks before the course.

Please note that the course fee does NOT include accommodation or food, although meals/snacks can be purchased at the college on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Applications open on 31st March 2018 and spaces for each instrument will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications will NOT be accepted before this date.

To apply, e-mail us at giving the following information: name, full contact details, instrument and approximate playing standard.

Making an application does not guarantee you a place - we will let you know if your application has been successful, at which point a non-returnable deposit of £20 will be required to reserve your space.

The balance of £95 should be paid by 1st September 2018.  As Skye can be a popular tourist destination, we would recommend that you book accommodation before making your fnal payment (unless, of course, you live locally!)

There will be rooms available at the college, although quite how many will depend on the 2018/19 student intake.  To enquire, tel: 01471 888000 or e-mail

As the course is quite intensive, those who are travelling from further afield might wish to consider arriving earlier in the week (or staying on afterwards) so that they can spend time exploring Skye. describes many of the attractions of the island, as well as including some alternative bed & breakfast or hotel accommodation listings.


Should participants be obliged to cancel after paying the full fee, the following terms apply:

Cancellation before 1 September
refund of £95 balance
Cancellation before 1 October
refund of £50
Cancellation after 1 October
No automatic refund.
Any money returned would be at the discretion of the tutors
In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled (with or without notice), any fees paid would be refunded in full.  However, Blow & Blast accepts no liability for other costs incurred.  Players should be aware that they make their applications on this basis.

Instrument and Personal Safety

Applications should be made on the understanding that participants accept full responsibility for both their personal health and safety and that of their instrument throughout the weekend.

Accessibility/Special Needs

If you have special accessibility or dietary requirements that are a 'make or break' concern, please check with the venue before confirming your booking on the course.

Most of the music-making will be held at ground floor level in the original Arainn Ostaig part of the campus, which has parking nearby.  However, it is a bit of a walk from there to the refectory, which is across the road in Arainn Chaluim Chille.  It is quite possible to drive from one to the other...or you could bring a flask and some sandwiches!