Blow and Blast was established in 2009, to provide entry-level group-playing experience for adult learner and ‘returner’ woodwind players in and around Perthshire. Our programme rapidly expanded to include opportunities for late-starters on saxophone, brass or bowed string instruments, as well as slightly more advanced woodwind workshops.

Because of the Covid situation, events this term remain limited, with priority given to our more established workshops. We continue to limit numbers and have Covid protocols in place, so that players can attend with confidence.

Woodwind Workshops

(Flute, Oboe, Clarinet & Bassoon only)

Three levels of workshop – easy, improver and intermediate

Saxophone & Brass Workshops

Mixed-ability workshops for players of saxophone or brass instruments

All at C Mini-Orchestra

(Flute, Oboe, Bassoon & Bowed Strings)

Mixed ability workshops for C woodwind and bowed strings.

Why Choose Blow and Blast?

Many amateur bands and orchestras welcome relative beginners, promising easy parts and support from other players. In reality, however, the ‘easy’ parts are often not easy enough – or the notes themselves may be straightforward, but knowing quite when to play them is not! Too often, struggling to control your instrument, being unfamiliar with the terminology, having no idea where you are in the music or endlessly receiving ‘guidance’ from a long-suffering neighbour can leave enthusiastic learners feeling inadequate and disheartened.

Blow & Blast workshops offer

  • Music tailored to ability and confidence levels
  • Input from award-winning tutors who specialise in working with adult learners
  • Small group sizes with plenty of encouragement and individual attention
  • Relaxed, friendly atmosphere

Each workshop is a free-standing event, so there’s no pressure to commit to regular attendance. This means that Blow & Blast is also popular with those whose playing opportunities are limited by work, caring or family commitments.

Interested in coming along? Check out our Information, Dates and Venues page to find a workshop to suit you!