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The launch of the SCHOOL OF CREATIVE MUSIC MAKING, led by Stefan Cartwright and Erik Huele

undefinedAs part of its extensive programme in Creative Exploration, Hawkwood is very pleased to announce the launch of  the SCHOOL OF CREATIVE MUSIC MAKING, led by Stefan Cartwright and Erik Huele. It starts with an evening concert on Thursday 31 March 2011, 8.00pm.

“Let the Music Flow” celebrates the arrival of Spring and this new venture. It will be an evening of joyful, improvised and composed music, including piano music by Erik Satie, with school founders Stefan Cartwright (voice, guitar and Tibetan singing bowls) and Erik Huele (piano and voice), plus guest musicians. 

The school has grown out of a seven-year collaboration between Stefan and Hawkwood and consists of  four training weekends during the year. It is possible to take individual modules on their own, too .

We tried this out in 2010 and it was a success (as comments below testify.)

The first weekend SOUND AND LISTENING (1-3 April 2011)  considers the question: When is sound just sound and when does it become music? Playing together in both small and larger groups using the voice and musical instruments, we explore how hearing sound and silence can liberate creativity and help our music to flow.  

Paul Eagles of  Living Instruments commented,  “This is a very grounded, inspirational course that gives each individual and group the ability to realise that 'they are bigger than they know themselves to be’.”

Next comes THE VOICE AND HARMONY (10-12 June 2011) when we focus on the human voice and its musical relevance to non-singers, singers and instrumental players. "I arrived a bag of nerves & finished the day on a high, with my heart singing freely with a group of people singing from their hearts, singing a song that was ours, but never to be sung again. What a beautiful & joyful experience," says Andy Morgan.

The third weekend RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT (9-11 September 2011) reveals how, when we allow ourselves to feel a rhythm, to be moved by it and connect with its pulse, our playing takes on a precise and vital quality, and the music comes alive. ‘The focus was on enjoying making music rather than getting it "right". At the same time we were given structured rhythms to practise, but it all felt easy and fun with no pressure.” Sue B.

Finally INTUITION AND MUSICAL FORM (28-30 October 2011) focuses on improvisation and musical dialogue.” Feel free to make mistakes. They open up new possibilities for self- expression. One way to use a mistake is to repeat it and let it be part of your music. To let it surprise you!” say Erik and Stefan.

All weekend courses begin with registration 4.00-6.00pm on the Friday, finishing  with tea at 4.00pm on the Sunday. Course fees (inclusive) are Residential single £260, shared £232. Non-residential (all meals except breakfast) £194.

The spring concert is £10 entry or by donation based on what you can afford

For more information contact Stefan on 01453 767061 or

To book: Hawkwood College tel. 01453 759034 or visit website at


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