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NHL - Chromatic Weekend
June 12-13, 2010 at Alderbrook School, Solihull, Birmingham, B91 1SN, UK.


The fifth NHL Chromatic Weekend will be held over the weekend of the 12-13 June 2010. Following the last two successful years will again be held in Alderbrook School, Solihull. Arrangements for travel and accommodation will be similar to previous years.

Book Your Place

Places are limited due to the number of tutors available. Don't delay. Some bookings have already been taken.

You can register your interest by contacting Steve Dooley - see below. You can download the booking forms by clicking here. Save it to your computer if necessary. Open it and print it. Fill it in and sent it to the address provided. A list of nearby hotel and B&B accomodation will be provided. Payment can be by cheque or Paypal - details are provided below

Course Details

Alderbrook School is a great venue, and this year we welcome back Jazz professional Adam Glasser teaching (guess what?)- Jazz - with David Wright building on the Easy Improvisation articles he has written for this magazine. Keyboard maestro Chris Collis will run Playing with a Band, with other accompanists, and we will have a full professional amplification system. (1000watts should be enough!)

Gerry Ezard (can't seem to get rid of him) will cover Classical, Standards and Ensemble Playing, and Folk expert and harmonica guru Mat Walklate will coach you in playing Folk Music on the Sunday. All the tutors will give tips on improving playing technique, and there will be a Saturday evening concert where everyone will be encouraged to play their stuff.

A CD with 31 tracks and an accompanying booklet of music has been prepared and is being sent out - thanks to David Wright and Steve Dooley for a professional production. The music covers Jazz standards, Latin, Classical and Folk; some of the tunes selected are suitable for beginners, whilst at the other end of the spectrum we have something to challenge our most experienced players! All players will receive this material as part of the course, suitable for music readers and ear players.

This year we also have a recommended hotel, at reasonable rates, where we can congregate in the bar on the Saturday night, and from where we can arrange lifts for those without cars. There are also local B&Bs. Details will be supplied with joining instructions.

Reserve your place soon, the price for the weekend is only £80 which represents amazing value (excluding accommodation and meals).

Music and CDs will be sent out at the end of March, so we need to know numbers soon.

To book send a cheque or make a payment to NHL by PayPal for £80 and a note to:
Steve Dooley,
The Old Rectory,
South Pool,
Kingsbridge,
Devon TQ7 2RP.

Please indicate if you are over 18 or not, and if you are an NHL Member. Please include your email address if you have one. Contact Steve Dooley, steve@stevedooley.net, or Gerry Ezard, geraldezard@talktalk.net, 01656 784904, if you have any questions.

Feedback last year was very positive and here are a few of the comments

  • "I had high expectations and they were exceeded!!!"
  • "I thought it was a wonderful and inspiring weekend. Playing with a band was an exciting and inspiring thing to do. Adam's workshops were very good and I have a lot of work to do. Brilliant!"
  • "Thoroughly enjoyable, very impressive and friendly help from all coaches involved. Many thanks."
  • "Really enjoyed the weekend. The CD and music was very useful because I am a partial reader."
  • "After the weekend I now play with a band and we use the backing tracks from the chromatic weekend"

Finally, if you have any doubts as to how much fun this weekend can be, have a look at last years.

Further details and information from:

Steve Dooley:
Tel: 01548 531252
email: steve@stevedooley.net

Alderbrook School
Blossomfield Rd
Solihull, B91 1SN,
United Kingdom
+44 121 704 2146
For directions - click here

View details of the Chromatic Weekend 2009

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