Classical Clarinet Making
Course overview | During these 2 weeks you will make your own professional classical clarinet with expert clarinet maker Daniel Bangham.
Daniel will teach participants to make their own classical clarinet based on the 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).
Participants will be involved with and undertake in every aspect of the making process. This will include rough turning and boring of the wood; finish-turning of all the joints, by hand and with machine tools; cutting of tenons and sockets; cutting finger holes, tone holes, key slots; making brass keys using files and soldering techniques; fitting keys and finishing the instrument; which includes tone hole adjustment and padding. You will be hands on for the whole course.
With a maximum of two participants on each course you will have plenty of one-to-one time with the tutor, Daniel Bangham.
Instrument type | 5 keyed Simiot of Lyon, French clarinet (c.1805).
Materials | European boxwood with brass keywork.
Though you will undertake rough turning and boring of the European boxwood, the actual wood you will use for the instrument you make will have been prepared earlier in the year. This is due to the unpredictable nature of European boxwood and the requirement for it to season in a part turned state.
Tutor | Daniel Bangham
Daniel is the founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers as well as being an internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Daniel has been making classical clarinets since 1984 and has successfully guided students with no prior handwork skill to complete fantastic instruments. Daniel started an instrument making and repair workshop in 1981, this then became Wood, Wind & Reed specialist music shop in Cambridge.
“Are you pleased with the course and the result of the course?”
“Absolutely! Not only with the quality of the clarinet and the amount of information learned, but also with the horizon-widening mind set and approach.”
“Thank you very much for all your support encouraging and generosity. I’m desiring to attend a new course…”
“Thanks again for an excellent course where we achieved more than I expected. I have had to explain to my wife why my 5 key clarinet has 6 keys – she suspects I don’t really know what I have made, which is clearly unfair even if I am still learning how to play it. I also learned a lot of tips in relation to tools and techniques which I hope to apply to making another oboe.”
“Thank you so much for an amazing couple of weeks! As you know, when I arrived I was somewhat daunted, to say the least! So I am now feeling an enormous sense of pride and achievement. Thanks for your patience, persistence and “gentle” persuasion!”
“I would like to thank you for your hospitality while I was with you in Cambridge. I feel very proud to have been on this course with the quality, professionalism and dedication that you demonstrated with Carol and I. We are lucky!!!!
I have returned to my real life to work, but I feel with more energy and motivation to do things. To spend time out of my workshop and to learn from other people is very important for me. This helps a lot for my work daily.
I hope to meet with you on my next course at Cambridge Woodwind Makers!!!!Once again, thanks a lot.”
The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes some lunches, light refreshments and some evening meals. The finished clarinet will be yours to keep.
Cost | £2700
Course duration | 2 full weeks; 14 days.
The mid-course Sunday will be a break day.
Times | 10.00am – 5.30pm
Depending on progress made during each day, some times may run later into the evening.
Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.
Some wood turning experience is desirable but not essential, however, ideally you would try to gain experience in advance of the course. If you have had prior woodturning experience you are more likely to complete your instrument satisfactorily within the week long course. We can arrange a continuation course if you do not complete within the allocated time.
Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email email@example.com
What to bring | You will need to wear workshop appropriate clothing; no tassels, closed toe shoes etc. Aprons and overalls are available. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you wish to bring any of your own tools please make sure they are marked or labelled.
Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND
Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.
Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.
Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here
Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.
Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.
Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.
Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.
Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.