One of the ways in which Cambridge Woodwind Makers promotes the preservation of woodwind instrument making in the UK is through running courses which provides opportunity for and encourages participation by children and adults alike.
Our courses could appeal for many reasons; some non-players will be interested in the historical manufacturing techniques of woodwind instruments, others may wish to own and play an instrument, especially one they have made themselves. Many professional players may wish to make their own instrument tailored to their own specific playing requirements.
The benefits of playing your own music and listening to music are well researched and acknowledged. The joy and reward in making your own instruments are lesser known but adequately substantiated. See our 'Related Information' pages for examples.
Cambridge Woodwind Makers are dedicated to keeping the skills of woodwind instrument makers alive. To many, this may seem unnecessary; 'we are a 'modern' world now and don't need to make things with our hands', but without an understanding and appreciation of how things are made and how materials behave we become unable to improve and develop the objects around us. We will become dependent on other countries to supply us with instruments and we will lose the ability to retain a national style or a major means of influencing the future of western music. Plentiful are the sources that contradict this and recognized not only the personal pleasure that can be derived from physical creation of objects, particularly musical instruments, but also the unstable nature of the world that may yet require us to maintain the skill of our hands for activities other than typing!
Make your own instruments and learn new skills.
Cambridge Woodwind Makers run courses in instrument making and repair for various levels of ability. If you don't see what you are looking for, please get in touch.