Wind & Brass Breathing Technique
Workshop for teachers and advanced students of wind and brass
Sunday 25th February 2018 - 2.00pm - 4.30 pm
Wells Cricket Club, Club House, South Horrington, near Wells BA5 3FB
Cost - £20 - tea and coffee provided
For more information please contact via e-mail: Karen Street <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The basis of every wind or brass player’s sound and good phrasing is controlled breathing. Over the last two years I have been re-examining my own breath control and the teaching of it using specialised breathing devices - the “Breath Builder” and breathing bags. The devices seem like a gimmick but if used and taught correctly they allow the student to develop their technique in a very natural and musical way without having to understand anatomy and frees them from outdated concepts that have little basis in fact.
I am inviting you to a workshop for wind and brass players, teachers and advanced students to share and discuss my concepts and teaching methods. You will have the opportunity to try out the devises and there will be time for questions and discussion.
Please bring an instrument.
Andy Tweed’s Biography
Originally from Northern Ireland, Andy studied clarinet and saxophone at what is now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the 1980’s. In his fourth year he joined Saxtet and played with the group for 18 years. Saxtet became one the UK’s leading saxophone quartets (eventually a quintet) performing all over the world with their unique repertoire of their own arrangements and compositions. Andy is a particularly versatile saxophonist, equally at home in the jazz and classical worlds and a leading saxophone educator.
His performing credits include; Mike Westbrook (various projects), Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed at the 16th WSC with Kyle Horch’s saxophone quartet - Flotilla. He also performs regularly with his wife, the accordionist and composer Karen Street as a duo, as part of her jazz project, Streetworks with Mike Outram and Will Harris which released its first album in 2015 to critical acclaim and now with her new project, a Tango group - Carismático.
He currently is visiting tutor of saxophone at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire taking workshops, pedagogy seminars, examinations and auditions, and at Wells Cathedral School where he also directs the Jazz Orchestra. He has given masterclasses, and workshops at Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban, Leeds College of Music, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Chetham’s School of Music, Dublin Institute of Technology - Conservatory of Music and various British Saxophone Congresses. Every summer he works on the European Youth Summer Music course.
He produced or co-produced all of Saxtet’s, Karen Street’s CDs and his own, Spiritualise, released on Big Shed Music. He has music published by Boosey & Hawkes and Saxtet Publications and has written reviews and articles for Music Teacher Magazine.
Andy is a Yamaha Artist.