Detail of flute keywork made by Peter Worrell


To achieve our aims Cambridge Woodwind Makers has identified a partner charity, The ACE Foundation, who are establishing a new music and arts venue at Bury Farm, Stapleford, Cambridge. The ACE Foundation has offered Cambridge Woodwind Makers an superb space to create a visitor’s centre and teaching workshop. Cambridge Woodwind Makers is at present a not for profit company limited by guarantee and is a charity.

We have the agreement of Daniel Bangham, one of Cambridge Woodwind Makers founding members, to locate his well-respected clarinet making workshop on the site, thus fulfilling one of the aims of the visitor centre. Daniel has also offered to loan, free of charge, all the appropriate machinery and tools he has, to run the teaching courses. These tools and equipment have been saved from obscurity by Daniel and come from the workshops of Ward & Winterbourn oboe makers and the Dolmetsch recorders. These resources alone cover the last 100 years of British instrument making and provide an almost complete visitor centre experience and teaching resource. There is still a need to install these tools and equipment and add some extra equipment for teaching purposes. Cambridge Woodwind Makers will also need to build up their own asset register of specialist equipment required.

At present the Trustees have enough funds available to organise the lease and infrastructure arrangements at Bury Farm. This includes solicitor’s costs in creating the charity, agreeing a lease, the electrical wiring, basic dust extractions, security and moving the equipment into the workshop space.

A second round of funding will be required to acquire some special recorder making equipment, installing the existing machinery and to comply with safety measures and environmental controls. Once this is done, the doors can be opened and Cambridge Woodwind Makers will have fulfilled the first of its objectives: providing a visitors centre with a teaching space and an instrument making workshop from which to observe and learn about instrument making.

The estimated cost of the second phase of the project is £30,000. Health and safety will take approximately 30% of that money and balance will be required to build workbenches for students, display material, commissioning machinery and testing procedures. Progress is underway securing these funds but all donations are welcome as well as any larger potential funding recommendations (email to discuss).


Sharing skills.