Our next weekend is scheduled for August 19th, 2022 in Shropshire, we would love to see you there! Please explore our website and see upcoming events for details.

Symphonic Wind Band Weekends

under the direction of our distinguished conductor and arranger:

Tom Milford BA (Music) FLCM LRSM MISM

What we do

Our music weekends are open to all woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists over the age of 18 who have a minimum standard of grade 6/7 or equivalent.

They can be booked on either a residential or non-residential basis.

For those staying with us, you will arrive during the evening on Friday to settle into your accommodation and then join us for a buffet meal and casual get together. Symphonic band rehearsals commence on Saturday morning and continue throughout the day, with breaks for meals and light refreshments.

Saturday evening provides the opportunity to take part in smaller ensembles such as wind , brass, saxophone, clarinet quintets or quartets depending on the requirements of our guests and a chance to wind down and relax in the bar or make use of our venue’s leisure facilities.

Sunday sees a similar format with the addition of a run through / informal concert of a selection of the music rehearsed throughout the weekend to an audience of friends and family, before musicians disperse later in the afternoon.

Why not take a look at some photos from our last event at Culford School April 2022 or find out more about future events by clicking on the links below:

Ellesmere College, Ellesmere, Shropshire 19th – 21st August 2022

Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 21st – 23rd October 2022

If you aren’t ready to book yet but would like to register your interest in future events, please contact us and we will add you to our mailing list.

All participants in our music weekends also receive 20% discount on our bespoke, specially arranged musical presentations for all occasions. If you are interested in exploring these further, please visit our website at Captured in Music or contact us.

Please explore our website to find out more. If you would like any further information please contact us.


What our visitors say….

Tom strikes just the right balance of authority, encouragement and knowing when a player really has hit the limit.

I enjoyed meeting new people. Excellent musical content throughout the course. Brilliant atmosphere amongst the players. I felt comfortable and welcomed by everyone.

‘All in all it was superb’

‘I just want to say a huge thank you to Tom for reigniting my love for music’

‘Amazing standard of music and some lovely people to play it with. Thank you’

‘A good mix of music to suit all standards of musicians attending’

‘Practical organisation and attention to detail was second to none’

‘Tom is an outstanding conductor and the standard of musicianship overall was fantastic’

‘Probably the best ensemble I have had the pleasure to be part of’


Our ethos

We believe music should be enjoyable and fun while still working hard to achieve the best possible sound.

Our aim is to support and develop your individual instrumental performance and ensemble playing by exposure to challenging wind band repertoire, utilising Tom’s extensive knowledge and experience in the world of the symphonic wind band,

Our rehearsals are intensive yet well structured and engaging. During the weekend there is also the opportunity for leisure activities and meeting new friends.

Our Music

We aim to include a wide variety of styles of music at our rehearsal weekends, so there is something to suit all tastes and provide an interesting and challenging experience for everyone.

You can expect to encounter traditional classical overtures, modern symphonic arrangements, music from the shows, selections of popular music and more.

Our venues

We aim to choose venues which facilitate productive rehearsals, enjoyable leisure time and convenient travel. Please see our upcoming events to explore further.