It’s Never Too Late To Play Woodwind – 2018 Course

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Have you played a woodwind instrument in the past and you feel that this is the right time to rekindle your love of the instrument, but don’t know how to start?

Are you are a beginner and feel that you need a bit of inspiration?

Maybe you played as a child but now would like to start again?

Or perhaps you would like to play with others in an ensemble? 

…Then look no further!

Introducing ‘It’s Never Too Late to Play Woodwind, a fun weekend of wind playing in December 2018 for adult beginners to more experienced players of flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone or bassoon.


‘It’s Never Too Late to Play Woodwind’ runs from 10:30am Saturday 1st December to 4pm Sunday 2nd December ending on an informal concert.


Hill View House, Bedbury Lane, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9PD. Click here for a map.


If you are coming from the mainland I can accommodate you for the course and you have the option of arriving on Friday evening. I can meet the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth so come as a foot passenger.

Accommodation is limited, so it’s whoever shouts first!


What the course will offer

  • A chance to meet other players and chat woodwind.
  • A 30-minute individual lesson for every attendee from our expert tutors.
  • Beginner taster sessions to get you going.
  • Playing duets and trios.
  • Masterclass
  • An introduction to new repertoire.
  • A chance to buy new music at a discounted rate.
  • Open forum.
  • A free copy of your choice from Pam’s collection of wind music.
  • There will be an informal gathering at the end of the course where you will be able to play what you have learnt on the course (but this is not compulsory!)


Course prices

To attend the 2-day course without accommodation, including refreshments and an evening meal on Saturday evening: £175

To attend the course with accommodation and breakfast plus refreshments and meal: £250

A bit about the tutors

Karen Trueman

Karen is a highly experienced teacher and performer with over 30 years of experience, and has performed in orchestras, swing bands and ensembles across the south of England.

Originally from the Isle of Wight Karen’s love for music began as a young child starting with Piano at an early age, and progressed onto Clarinet attaining a scholarship at the age of 14 for further studies with Janet Herson on the mainland.

Having spent many years as an adult playing woodwind professionally and teaching on the mainland she returned to the Isle of Wight in 2013 and offers private tuition for Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano and Harp.


Jane Pickles

After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jane decided on a career as an orchestral flautist and was principal flute with Scottish Theatre Ballet, BBC Radio Orchestra and later BBC Concert Orchestra, where she frequently performed as soloist on Friday night is Music Night on the radio.

She has appeared as guest principal with all of the major London orchestras as well as the English and Scottish chamber orchestras and has appeared as a soloist on various CD recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, where she was principal flute for 15 years.

Having moved to Dorset, Jane now enjoys tutoring and performing chamber music in the local area.


Claire Philpot

Claire has had a busy career as a freelance oboist, both as a player with London Orchestras and as a teacher in some of London’s top schools. She is a tutor for the National Children’s Orchestras.  Claire enjoys spending her free time at her home in Freshwater Bay here on the Isle of Wight.


Pam Wedgwood

I have been involved with teaching for the last 30 years and hopefully inspired many musicians to enjoy their chosen instrument.

I have written over 200 educational music books and have been fortunate enough to have travelled the world giving workshops to teachers and pupils.

Playing an instrument is a skill for life.

As well as being an enjoyable experience it can also help with many coordination problems we may find in later life. Stimulating the left and right sides of the brain is hugely beneficial!

Playing a woodwind instrument will also allow you to play with others in many different ensembles, opening up a whole new world to you, so come on, give it a try!


Book today!

Please book a place soon before it gets booked up – click here to download the booking form.

I do hope to see you on the course.

Pam Wedgwood


One thought on “It’s Never Too Late To Play Woodwind – 2018 Course

  1. Pam Gill

    Hello Pam, I saw your website about ‘Never too late to play woodwind’, and I am tempted! I played clarinet at school but that is almost 50 years ago, so rusty is being polite. Hopefully I can still read music. I have my clarinet still but need to check out the pads and so on, but thought I would initially see if the course still has places and if I could fit in. I live in Shalfleet, so no need for accommodation.
    Thanks, Pam Gill

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