QUOTE(flobiano @ Oct 13 2010, 07:04 PM)
This has been mentioned a bit in the oboe thread but thought it could do with its own!
Is anyone else planning to go to this?
I sent an email to reserve a ticket a couple of weeks ago, but haven't heard anything back - has anyone else? I may ring them on Monday.
Has anyone been before? What are the masterclasses/ workshops like? Is it worth taking my instrument with me if I am not going with a windband? It isn't clear from the descriptions how participatory it is and whether things like the mass windband are for everyone, or just for the official windbands that are attending.
Any experience of previous years?
Also - does anyone fancy a forum meet up, or would you rather remain annonymous?
I'm going with Emsoboe, this will be our fourth time at the event. I have to say the event is evolving year on year so previous experiences are only a guideline.
I know there is the wind band and some sort of scratch orchestra and Jazz workshop with a Jazz flautist. the standard for the masterclasses is supposed ot be Grade 7 but in previous years not all participants have been that standard. Last year there were two sets of Masterclasses each run by different people. the Oboe one seems to have Melinda Maxwell again. I would have liked it to be Jonathan Small as he's very patient and offers good advice.
We applied for a ticket a similar length of time ago and haven't heard anything either. Last year Emsoboe found out on the day she was participating in two masterclasses having been told it was unlikly.
I would recommend taking your instrument as there are trade stalls and you may want to try reeds or something. There are opportunities to participate including the massed wind orchestra on both days and a sratch Wind Band on the sunday. We got a sheet that asked us to tick what we wanted to participate in and I seem to remember performance workshops too.
I'm going along with another Forumite, we'll be happy to meet for a coffee or something. We already know some of the other Forum members who are going.