Cornetto Making

Course overview | Make your own wooden Cornetto with Sam Goble and Andrew Hallock.

During this four day course you will make a cornetto from a blank piece of wood, carving the bore, shaping the outside, cutting the diamonds, drilling holes and finally covering your instrument in leather. You will use historical methods and copy historical instruments at A=440, A=466 or A=440. We will discuss bore theory and supply a tuning guide.

Instrument type | Students will have the choice of making copies of original treble instruments in museums either at A=440 or A=465 OR an alto at A=440. We hope to also offer cornettino options in the near future too and please ask if you have your own request and we will see if we can incorporate it.

Materials | Maple and leather.


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Tutors |

Sam Goble | Player and maker of Conettos and other historic brass instruments. Sam studied instrument playing at Trinity College London and instrument making under Nicholas Perry. He is now in demand internationally as an instrumental teacher and we are delighted that we can provide Sam and his colleague Andrew Hallock, a workshop to pass on their instrument making knowledge and skills.

Andrew Hallock. Countertenor Andrew Hallock actually began his music life as a composer, graduating from the University of Texas in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in music composition. Andrew has been a regular member of Cappella Pratensis since 2010. In addition to singing Andrew is also an instrument-maker, building cornetti (a type of Renaissance wind instrument) in his waterfront atelier in Rotterdam.

“I cannot praise Sam and Andrew enough. It is very clear they know their stuff. And they were always attentive to all our beginners mistakes, but still ever so patient. I knew very little about this type of wood-working when we started, but yet I now have a good instrument, and the confidence to make another on my own.”

Cornetto Making with Sam Goble and Andrew Hallock, 2018

“It was a great week. Not only was the course very good, but I was also lucky that the other students were such nice and friendly people. I enjoyed it enormously. I suspect that once my playing has improved I will try to make myself believe I need an alto or cornettino too, so I can do it again next year!”

Cornetto Making with Sam Goble and Andrew Hallock, 2018

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 cornetto will be yours to keep.

Cost | £720

Course duration | 4 and 1/2 consecutive days

Times | 09.30am – 5.00pm

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.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

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.

NB | Please note that this course will only run if we have a minimum of four participants. Should we cancel the course due to lack of participants your deposit would be refunded.

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 along with our covid-19 guidelines which are here: Cambridge Makers covid-19 guidelines - Cambridge Makers.

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.

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