Author: Andrew Blee

James Rae Woodwind Weekend

20th / 21st July 2019 – One of Europe’s most published writers of educational wind music is with us for a two day Woodwind workshop. We have all played his compositions over the years, whether it was whilst taking an ABRSM or Trinity Graded exam or just playing for fun. Now come and work with the man himself. Aimed at Clarinet, Saxophone & Flute players.

Jazz Performance & Technology Workshop

James Rawlinson & Geoff Westgate – Three day Jazz Performance & Technology Workshop, August 10th/11th/12th 2018.

Coda Music Centre, Walkford, Christchurch.

NEW for 2018 – August 10th-12th. We have an exciting three day Jazz Performance & Technology workshop for August 2018. For singers and instrumentalists, a jazz and blues workshop where you will perform and record with a professional sound engineer and take away the finished result which can be used for your own portfolio or pleasure. Learn how to play with a microphone, use monitoring and use a P.A. system. This course aims to demystify the world of electronics and technology in music.

We will also be delving into improvisation, ear playing, rhythm reading and playing music in small and large ensembles. We welcome preformed ensembles who may want to improve their playing as a unit.

For one afternoon there will be a rhythm and samba workshop.

On the final afternoon there will be a performance where friends and family will be welcomed to watch the result of three days intense work.

Leading the tuition for woodwind and improvisation will be James Rawlinson, Dorset & Hampshire based saxophonist and teacher. James plays with various ensembles including leading The Red Fez Orchestra and Forza Saxophone Quartet. He has extensive experience of recording with bands and for sessions. As an educator James has run many big bands and rehearsal orchestras. Also on hand will be Andrew Blee, Musicworx organiser, teacher and saxophonist.

We welcome back to Musicworx Geoff Westgate, who is an accomplished guitarist, known for his involvement with The Regular Joes, Red Fez Orchestra and much more. Geoff has worked all over the world as a player and sound engineer. He has experience in many fields including P.A. design, tutoring sound engineering, recording and production.


This music technology & performance workshop will be held at the Coda School of Music.

Price for this is only £150 for three days of musical fun and crammed workshops.

Participant Requirements:

Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
You’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 3 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
- Saxophones (Flute/Clarinet)
- Trumpet
- Trombone
- Guitar
- Drums
- Bass
- Piano
- Percussion
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.

Drums: We have a drum kit but you can bring your own breakables. By all means you can bring your complete kit if you prefer.

Guitar/Bass: You'll need to bring your own amps.

Keys: We have a piano but feel free to bring your own keyboard.
Not provided, we recommend bringing a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cold refreshments are included for all participants.
Times for the workshop are as follows:
Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am - 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am - 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am - 1pm
Lunch: 1pm - 2pm
Session three: 2pm - 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm - 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Contact at, or calling 07708 091675, or by using our contact form and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.