TOTB II: May 20th 2018, Whittonstall, Northumberland


After a very successful event in Winster in October 2017, Thinking Outside The Box is back!

Thinking Outside The Box II will focus on dynamics, air and bellows control. We will explore playing loud and quiet and how this awakens our sound. In this edition you will discover the art of bellows control, air button use and the ability to play quietly (yes, it is possible!) You’ll take away new tools that craft feel, texture, rhythm and aural variety into your music.

VENUE: Whittonstall Residential & Camping Centre, Pasture House, Whittonstall, Co. Durham, DH8 9JS

COST: £40pp (full payment at time of booking to secure your place) Limited places available.

ABILITY LEVELS: Beginners, improvers, more experienced players welcome. This event is not suitable for absolute beginners.

LUNCH: £6 per head handmade pie & chips ordered in from local pub or you can BYO. (please state your choice at time of booking. Pay on the day). Choose from:

  1. Steak
  2. Chicken & mushroom
  3. Cheese & onion

ACCOMMODATION: Available from Friday night through to Monday morning. Low cost TBC on the weekend. Please state at time of booking what accommodation you would like and for how many nights. Options are:

  1. Camping incl. top quality toilet/shower facilities
  2. Space for motor home/caravan 
  3. A bed in a dormitory room. Separate male/female rooms. Shared bathroom. Bedding provided.  

BOOKING & PAYMENT: Please send your accommodation and lunch requirements in an email to: (bank details will be sent to you for payment via BACS) 

FACEBOOK: Join the discussion over in the Facebook event.

Make a weekend of it!

On Saturday 19th the North East Melodeon Playgroup II event will be hosted at the same venue, catering for absolute beginners, beginners and improvers with yours truly leading the improvers group. Other tutors are Richard Featherstone and Mark Insley. Download this PDF for more information about this inclusive, in formal and low cost event.

If you would like to do both events, please let either myself or Nigel know.



An email has been sent to all participants which includes your welcome info and the tune we will be working with throughout the day. (Check your junk folder!)