Just finished Dartington and now at Heathrow airport, about to head back to Costa Rica...
It was a really FABULOUS week. Nick Daniels lived up to every expectation and more. His masterclasses were brilliant, packed with information and humour. Just kicking myself for not having been brave enough to play as clearly not everyone who had signed up was actually an advanced player, as they should have been. The concerts were wonderful too - ND did one as the featured soloist but also played in a couple of others. It was great to get to hear lots of repertoire - including a lot of new compositions - that I'd never get to hear in Costa Rica.
For anyone going to Dartington in the future, I would also thoroughly recommend the wind chamber music run by the Gallimaufry Ensemble - quite a young quintet with lots of energy, creativity and who tried to make time for everyone and adapt to their various needs. They were really fun!
There were an indecent number of oboists there - at least a dozen, without counting those who may have had the oboe as a seccond instrument and didn't really figure in the courses that I participated in. Never been anywhere before where there were more oboists than flautists! There were no less than nine in the wind band (one dropped out the day before the performance) - so a couple of us decided they really didn't need us too!
Glad you got your oboe mishap fixed, pushpull. You're right that you need to keep an eye on these things. The week I got to the UK and had the octave key problem, I found a screw half out. I almost fainted to think what would have happened if I hadn't spotted it in time.