Wellington School Easter Course April 2014


Four days of glorious weather, a group of very talented young musicians, some very experienced tutors, excellent facilities, all under the care of Eileen Carney-Jones, our wonderful Pastoral Care Lead and NHS Nurse Practitioner. The Easter course was a memorable experience with some superb music -making by our Brass Works and Brass Studio players and, let’s not forget the hard work put in by our Grade 5 theory class who completed the course and sat the examination on the final day.

The week was memorable, not just because of the hard work on the part of musicians and tutors but also because of the impromptu community work we were able to do during the week. Eileen organised things so that the ensembles were able to perform at the local cottage hospital in Wellington and to perform on the High Street to a very appreciative audience! In addition to this these fine young musicians raised nearly £100 for the local hospice as a result of their talent and hard work!

As usual our course was a lovely mix of playing, activities, socialising and relaxing together and the feedback received was a pleasure to read. Here are a few examples:

‘When we went busking and played James Bond with the older kids – and people thinking I was 8 ( was quite funny actually)’

‘The opportunity to play a wide range of chamber music and to play it out in the town – and the Cake in the evenings’

‘I most enjoyed going out busking and raising money for the local charity’

‘Being rehearsed to a high standard in order to produce the best possible performance’

‘The tutors were amazing musicians and incredible teachers. I learnt so much! They were also really fun’

‘all lovely people who were very well informed. Wonderful stories of enchanted tree from Edd. I think we,ve done the tree proud :)’

‘Very helpful and kind’

My thanks to all our young musicians for being so positive and contributing to a really fine course and to all the tutors for the experience, wisdom and talent that they were able to share. As always, a special thank you to our course ‘mum’ Eileen who was as patient, caring and thoughtful as always.

Looking forward to the next time!

Paul Archibald


Only 3 days to go….

Only 3 days to go before the English Brass Academy course at Putney High School. This is our first course held in central London and I’m really excited about the collaboration we are developing with one of London’s finest schools.

Our course is a lovely mix of ensemble playing, creative workshops, productive practice and technique development and, importantly, discussions about how to cope with examinations and performances in the future.

We have some very experienced tutors on board and the pastoral care will, as always, be overseen by our course ‘mum’ and qualified Nurse Practitioner, Eileen Carney-Jones.

I still have a few places available for the 3 Day course which takes place from Tuesday February 18 – Thursday February 20. If you can’t make the full 3 Day course then the Open Day on Wednesday February 19 is an ideal option for a ‘taster’ course.

More details can be found at http://www.englishbrassacademy.co.uk or call me on 01306 508060. I’ll be pleased to hear from you – Paul Archibald

Welcome to English Brass Brass Academy 2014


2014 sees an exciting year ahead ahead for English Brass Academy

There are five courses available throughout the UK and I am delighted to begin a new collaboration with Putney High School, one of London’s finest schools, and part of the Girls’ Day School Trust.

The first course this year will be at Putney High School from February 17 – 21 2014. The courses are for brass players aged 8-21 years and any young musicians who wish to take the Grade 5 Theory course and examination that I have prepared with London College of Music, University of West London.

For more details of these courses please check out the relevant sections in the website

I’ll look forward to seeing you at one of our venues during the year!

Paul Archibald
Artistic Director
English Brass Academy