fraction of the amazing feedback we have had
The Blow & Blast sessions have shown me that
you are never too old to learn a new instrument
and that playing music in a sociable environment
is enormously enjoyable. It generates a real
feeling of team effort with people you have
never met before.
Tricia and Trona couldn't have been more
welcoming and helpful, immediately putting me at
my ease - I've been attending regularly ever
since. The sessions are lively and the music is
sometimes challenging, but Tricia and Trona
always lead the sessions in such a way that I
feel that it's OK not to be perfect at the first
attempt! I believe they've given me back
my playing confidence...
I found my flute and went along in fear and
trepidation, knowing I could only play a few
notes. ...To have the opportunity to play
withother adult learners is fantastic and we all
encourage each other...I am just thrilled when I
look back and see the progress I have made.
Blast has offered exactly what I was looking for
- a chance to play a variety of music with
others, lots of support, help and encouragement.
Tricia and Trona seem to have struck the right
balance between making the Blow & Blast sessions
enjoyable and stimulating and at the same time
educational and developmental.
I love the way both T & T encourage us
without being patronising. They know how to
ensure they are challenging each one of us
without leaving us feeling silly. They have a
wonderful sense of humour and are passionate
(and generous) about sharing their skills.
I told T & T which notes I could play and at
first was given parts which seemed to have been
arranged especially with my limited ability in
mind, so I was immediately able to have a stab
at playing a proper part and to feel that my
part was important. Having made an issue
of saying 'I really can't play C#', I gradually
realised this note was being sneaked into my
part. I tried to pretend I hadn't noticed
it and then realised I was actually playing it.
Tricia and Trona are two of the nicest
people I have ever met - welcoming and oh so
very good at what they do...
I was so pleased to find out about Blow &
Blast because it was exactly what I needed but didn't expect to find!
The tutors are very supportive and
encouraging, not to say long-suffering!
They arrange the music themselves so that parts
are tailored to players' abilities and
experience. They soon learn where our comfort
zones are and push us gently to extend them!
...a unique music learning experience for
Thanks to the amazing talent, hard work and
inspiration of Tricia and Trona, their band and
woodwind workshops are tremendous feel-good
For everyone: it doesn't matter how many mistakes
you make, as long as you want to try, Blow &
Blast are there for you!
Going to Blow & Blast is the highlight of my
Read a review of
'Introduction to Blow and Blast' - a talk/showcase
describing the benefits of taking up, or returning
to, an instrument later in life and illustrating the
various Blow & Blast activities. This event
was held at Horsecross, Perth as part of the
Luminate Scotland creative ageing festival 2013.