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 music-making opportunities for late-starters on saxophone, brass or bowed string instruments, as well as slightly more advanced woodwind workshops.

This Autumn, we continue to give priority to our better-established workshops. Our events will still be Covid-aware, with limits to participant numbers to allow scope for distancing. Rooms will be well-ventilated, so wear warm clothing! Please continue to bring your own music stand if possible. Should futher Covid precautions be reintroduced, we will update this page accordingly.

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.

Also a one-off VERY EASY ‘Happy Honker‘ workshop for relative beginners who play 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 expect a high ‘minimum playing standard’, putting these out of reach for most adult learners.

Other groups 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! 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!