Roderick Seed Flute Retreat
The 2021 Retreat is now ready to book! It will be held in the beautiful village of Finchingfield, near Colchester in the UK.
The retreat will be held between 1-4 October.
All ages and levels welcome. Please see below for more details.
There will be another retreat in November if the number of people exceeds capacity.
There are 4 different registration options to choose from:
A. Residential participant
Participate in all activities and stay at the retreat house - recommended for the full retreat experience. Private bedroom.
Only 6 spaces available
B. Commuter participant
Participate in all activities, but stay off-site and travel in each day.
Only 4 spaces available
C. 1-day observer
Either Saturday or Sunday - observe & play in chamber music & group technique classes (not repertoire)
D. 2-day observer
For both Saturday and Sunday - observe & play in chamber music, group technique classes (not repertoire)
Register below to book your space (no payment required at time of booking).
Upon registration, you will be sent an invoice for 50% of the total price, which is a deposit to secure your space. The remaining balance will be due by September 15th. The price will depend on which option you choose above.
What to expect
A full schedule will be sent closer to the retreat
Flute technique classes (tone, flexibility, intonation, fingers, breathing, scales). Finding courage through technique.
Repertoire classes. Piano available.
Daily warm ups.
Working on phrasing and music through books by Marcel Moyse (24 Little Melodic Studies, Tone Development)
Small class sizes
Good food and drink!
Supportive, friendly environment to learn and inspire each other. All ages and levels welcome!
Guest talks (TBD)
Friday 1st October (from 5pm)
Arrival, chamber music and welcome party.
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd October (from 9am to 9pm)
Warm up, Classes, chamber music, guest talks, etc
Breakfast, snacks, coffee/tea provided.
Monday 4th October
Warm up, class and departure (by 10am)
Lunch, dinner, and evening drinks to be bought separately (either cooked at the house or eat out. If you have an allergy/food intolerance, please let me know.
Feedback from Roderick's masterclasses
"Perfect! Made it feel personal and a very relaxed environment"
"I felt very welcomed and it was nice there was only a few people! Thank you!"
"Fab first retreat. Well done"
Roderick got to the core of the most important parts of flute playing. He introduced us to many valuable techniques for building stronger, fuller sound and demonstrated ways in which we can enhance our playing by using these important elements in our daily practice.
I thoroughly enjoyed his teaching and the gentle guidance and individual approach he provided. I learned a lot in a few days. I am encouraged to become a better player.
I really appreciate his different flute-teaching techniques - how to change what you're doing in/with your body, in order to change the sound & technique. He didn't just ask us to try to achieve a certain sound or technique; he demonstrated WHAT TO CHANGE, in order to achieve the results.
Many useful ideas for improving technique.
These were very interesting and some of them were new to me.
Rod is very well informed, calm and supportive.
Excellent technique and practice tips