Rob Cain (Newark Violin School) and I have been involved in the making of a TV show for the BBC. It is to be broadcast: Sunday 11th Dec 9.30pm on BBC4 and BBCHD, Monday 12th Dec 12.30am on BBC4, Wednesday 14th Dec at 7.30pm on BBC4 and Thursday 15th Dec at 2am on BBC4.
For more information click this image.
News about the Forum.
The open message boards have been abused by spammers, the only way I have been able to rid the forum of this abuse has been to set up registration so that I have to authorise all members. As a consequence of this I have been inundated with automatically generated spam emails asking me to authorise membership. I filter all these so I never have to read them. This means if you want to set up membership of the forum you will have to email me separately, link at the bottom of this page.
Take a look at the other new features, Tools and Services.
These are there to help repairers and makers with limited facilities.
This is not the official web site of either Newark or Lincoln
If you want to see the official web site click here, however, the information you find there may be incomplete.
The Woodwind Course began at Newark in the early 1970s, it was derived from an earlier "general" instrument repair course. It was around 1979 when the manufacture of a Boehm system clarinet was introduced.
Woodwind Instrument Making and Repair is a 3-Year full-time course This Consists of 36 weeks per year divided into three terms. Each week comprises approximately 19 taught hours with access to computers and the library in the College Learning Centre during other periods.
Only 8 new students are usually admitted each September to the course.
All classes take place in one well-appointed workshop with first, second and third-year students working together as a combined group. This creates a pleasant and industrious atmosphere and promotes informal peer discussion and mentoring.
Classes usually consist of a mix of nationalities. At present we have Polish, French, German, Norwegian and Spanish students, in addition to British.
The repairing covers all the woodwind family from Piccolo to Saxophone. Repairs cover the range from basic replacement of pads to complete overhauls involving advanced repair techniques. There is also an opportunity to learn techniques involved in brass instrument repair in the second and third years.
Students will make usually a complete Boehm system Clarinet from basic raw materials. Due to recent changes in the course structure it will now be possible for students to make other instruments, Flute making is an obvious option but two of the current second-year students have opted to attempt to make soprano saxophones!
Friary road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1PB. England
General Information: Information