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The Integrated Flautist

Sunday, 1 December, 10:00


Just Flutes
46 South End

Flute Competitions

British Flute Society Competitions

Wednesday, 19 February, 08:00 - 22:00


Regent Hall
Oxford Street

The British Flute Society Competitions 2020 will be held at Regent Hall, London on Wednesday 19th February. We welcome young flautists to apply for this exciting performance opportunity, with advice and encouragement from our panel of expert adjudicators. 
Closing date for entries: Friday 10th January 2020 at 5pm UK time.

BFS School Performer: for performers aged 13 years or under.
Adjudicators: Sarah O'Flynn - Sub-Principal flute of Britten Sinfonia, Susan Torke - Teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
BFS Young Performer: for performers aged 14-18 years.
Adjudicators: Sarah O'Flynn - Sub-Principal flute of Britten Sinfonia, Susan Torke - Teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
BFS Young Artist: for performers aged 19-24 years.
Adjudicators: Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir - Principal flute of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Silvia Careddu - former Principal flute of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Konzderhaus Berlin Orchestra.

Accompanists: Richard Shaw and Joanne Sealey.

Flute Courses

The Nourished Flautist with Dr Jessica Quiñones

Thursday, 24 October, 16:00 - Sunday, 27 October 16:00


Boho Flute Retreats
41 Vicarage Road
St. Agnes

Deepen your flute playing. Refresh your musicality. Rejuvenate by the sea.

The Nourished Flautist Retreat is a long weekend created to help nourish your body, soul, mind and flute playing! Pamper yourself while also working on your flute skills with Jessica. Let the sea air blow out those cobwebs and rejuvenate both your soul and your fluting in the iconic coastal village of St. Agnes on Cornwall’s north coast.

Sea Air. Coastal views. Cornish Charm. Soulful teaching. Shiatsu Massage, Yoga. Expert Advice. 1:1 flute lessons + small group settings. It’s all included. Yep, even the cream tea.

It is our desire to offer an exceptional flute experience in a beautiful scenic setting that aims to nurtures all aspects of your musicianship— from the soulful to the creative, to the corporeal to the practical. With expert practitioners to help different aspects of your playing, we design everything that we offer you in our sessions to support your (joyful, glorious, life-affirming, and inspired!) music making to be at the heart of all that we offer you.

For more details and to register your place,  please see

Flute School London Course - 25th, 26th, 27th October 2019

Friday, 25 October - Sunday, 27 October


Hall School
Swiss Cottage

This year's October course is over 3 days - 25, 26, 27th October 2019. 

There will be a different guest tutor each day: Tom Hancox on Friday, Michael Cox on Saturday and Katherine Baker on Sunday. We have designed the timetable with a focus on continuity throughout the three days to maximise personal development - so we strongly recommend booking for the whole course. (You will still be able to book for a single day or 2 days, however.) Ensembles will be coached, with sessions 2 and 3 developing work done in session 1 if appropriate. Individual lessons will take place throughout the day and you may have to leave a session you are in for that. We are very pleased to have Christine Hankin with us for the first time this year for some of the individual teaching & ensemble coaching. Christine will also be holding a talk on How to prepare for your Diploma exam, on the Friday.


Advanced players - includes workshops/masterclasses with our guest tutors (NB if you wish to perform in a masterclass, places are very limited - priority goes to students who attend for the full 3 days). Specialist talks - including How to prepare for Diploma exams by Christine Hankin (a Diploma Examiner for ABRSM). Individual lessons if booked on Gold or Platinum packages.

Intermediate Adults is a parallel course for less advanced adult players. Workshops on technique (basic or other), pieces, ensemble playing, whatever you need right now! Individual lessons if booked on Gold or Platinum packages.

Juniors: In a more fun style for kids, there will be mini masterclasses (bring your pieces!), ensembles, games, improvisation, workshops on flute technique and much more. This year the Junior course will be run by Sarah Desbruslais. 

WhizzKidz  is for youngsters in their early teens or even younger who have passed high Grades or Diplomas. You will be stretched, with extra workshops, scales workouts, a chance to meet our guest artists, individual lessons or the opportunity of a masterclass (places are limited) if booked on the Gold package, and more.


Please just ask if you are unsure about which course is for you.

For all: Each day includes some ensemble-playing and/or flute choir, workshops and masterclasses, opportunities to play with the piano (with Simon Gilliver), a lunchtime concert by our guest artist and the flute shop All Flutes Plus will be there with lots of music, flutes and accessories to try and buy!...and much, much more....

Flutes en Vacances

Friday, 8 November, 18:00 - Friday, 15 November 10:00


Various Courses with Julie Wright and Nicholas Foster

Flute Workshops and Ensembles

Simply Saxophones SATB Ensembles

Clarinet Bespoke 1 : 1 

Telephone 07922169122


Sussex Flute Retreat

Friday, 3 April, 16:00 - Monday, 6 April 10:00


My annual flute retreat will be held in Chichester from 3rd April to 6th April 2020.  If you are looking to improve all aspects of your flute playing in a relaxed, intimate setting and beautiful location, look no further!  There will be private lessons, masterclasses, daily warm-ups and classes on technique, breathing, Alexander Technique, basic flute repair, Moyse, scales, etudes and chamber music with all other participants.  There is no judgment and it is a chance to try new ideas and focus on flute playing away from daily life.  A detailed schedule will be sent out to all those who have registered.  Register by clicking the link to the form below or here

Ways to attend: 

1.  Resident participant   

Stay at retreat venue from 3-6th April and participate in all activities (including lessons and masterclasses).  Breakfast, snacks and tea/coffee provided.  Lunch and dinner will be either at the venue or at a local restaurant/pub.  

Cost:  £300

Limited spaces available.  


2.  Commuter participant

Commute in each day and participate in all activities.  Snacks and tea/coffee provided.  The retreat venue is just 8 minutes from Chichester train station.

Cost: £250



3.  2-day observer

Observe all classes on Saturday and Sunday.  Participate in group classes and chamber music (but not private lessons or masterclasses)
Cost:  £150


4.  1-day observer

Observe all classes on either Saturday or Sunday.  Participate in group classes and chamber music (but not private lessons or masterclasses)

Cost: £80

(Schedule below)

The venue:  East Pallant House, Chichester, West Sussex.  

8 minutes from Chichester railway station.  A large Georgian house with free wifi, self-catering, and a grand piano in one of two sitting rooms, which will be used for the classes.  


Schedule for Sussex Flute Retreat


April 3rd

4pm Arrival/welcome

5pm Chamber music

6pm Dinner

7.30pm Class/Talk 1

April 4th

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Warm up 1.  Resonance

10-11 Class on Moyse

11-11.15 Tea Break

11.15-1.15 Private lessons

1.15-2.30 Lunch break

2.30-6.30 Private lessons

6.30-8 Dinner in Chichester

8-9 Chamber music party

April 5th

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Warm up 2.  Tension and dealing with stressful stimuli

10-11 Class on scales

11-11.15 Tea break

11.15-1.00 Class on Moyse

1.00-2.15 Lunch

2.15-6.00 Repertoire class with both teachers and an Alexander Technique teacher

6-7.30 Dinner

7.30-9.30 Chamber music party

April 6th

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Wrap up discussion

10 Depart!




Flutes du Soleil

Sunday, 26 July, 17:00 - Saturday, 1 August 12:00


Flutes du Soleil  is a fun and friendly week away in the French Alps, where the focus is on learning through enjoyment.
Set in France’s magical Haute-Savoie, our tutor Andrea Kuypers will lead a week of workshops, masterclasses, ensembles and informal performances.  ​
We welcome flautists of all ages. Applicants should be minimum Grade 4 standard through to Diploma. 
The course will encourage and inspire developing flautists in a relaxed environment where the emphasis is based on success through enjoyment. 
​It won’t all be work... there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery.

Flute Days

Renaissance Flute Day with Clare Beesley

Saturday, 26 October, 11:00 - Sunday, 8 September 17:00


All players of discant, tenor and bass renaissance flutes at A=440Hz are welcome to join this fun day of consort playing with workshops on playing technique and getting to grips with playing from early notation (though modern parts will be readily available!). 

The cost of the day is £30 (including a light lunch). Further information and bookings via

Recollections of February's renaissance flute day in conjunction with Worcester Early Music can be viewed at


Flute Flight
Nov 17

Flute Flight

Sunday, 17 November, 09:30


Cossham Hall
Chapel St

Wissam Boustany and Nicola Woodward invite you to a fun day of inspired music making; there will be open classes, discussions and ensembles and a chance to explore contemporary techniques and folk music. All ages and abilities welcome.

British Flute Society Flute Day

Saturday, 30 November, 10:00 - 17:00


The British Flute Society invites all flute players to a day of ensemble playing, workshops and masterclasses in Sheffield city centre, including flute choir sessions, tone, Alexander technique and flute maintenance, ending with an informal performance. With guest tutors guest tutors Laura Jellicoe, Dana Morgan, Mel Orriss, Lynne Williams and Lucy Ascham.

Open to flautists of all ages and standards.

Flute Workshop Day for All Abilities with Anne Allen & Charles Matthews

Sunday, 12 January, 10:00 - 20:00


Allan Jones Performing Arts Centre
Unit 36, Chadkirk Industrial Estate
Vale Road

Improve your playing with award-winning international musicians!

flautist Anne Allen & pianist Charles Matthews

Fine tune your skills with a hands-on workshop & share this experience with other like-minded players.

Sessions for all abilities throughout the day:

ESSENTIAL FOR: Under18s grade 3+

10am – 12pm Cost £10

Anne will cover flute technique and essential skills for improving your performance in grade exams & auditions

PERFECT FOR: Adults grade 5+

10am – 5pm Cost £25

Anne & Charles will work with participants on ensemble playing, flute technique and body mechanics etc. Bring a camping/yoga mat if you have one!

SESSION THREE: Early evening recital

6.30pm-7.30pm Cost: Free to participants in the earlier workshops, or £5 (£2 concessions)

Anne and Charles will perform an hour of music followed by a glass of wine to round off the day.

There is free parking at the venue, alternatively it is a 20 minute walk from Romiley train station.

When: Sunday 12th January

Where: Allan Jones Performing Arts Centre, Romiley

To Book: call 07779 099210



Find out more about Anne:  @anneallenflute

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Low Flutes Day with Carla Rees

Sunday, 21 June, 11:00 - 17:30


Join low flutes specialist Carla Rees for a workshop on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes. Following on from our popular Low Flutes Day in 2016, Carla is returning to Sheffield to run a day suitable for all flautists (aged 16+) - whether you're a complete beginner at low flutes, play one now and then, or have lots of experience with 'big flutes'. This day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems to extended techniques, projection and intonation. There will also be plenty of ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes, and an informal performance at the end of the day as part of Make Music Day 2020.
Tickets £55.

Master Classes

Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones en Vacances

Friday, 8 November, 17:00 - Thursday, 11 July 10:00


Woodwind Workshop Course with Julie Wright and Nicholas Foster, covering all aspects of your playing and including ensembles, solo repertoire and tips and tricks for improving your technique, breathing and tone.  

All ensuite rooms.

Telephone 07922169122


Recitals and Concerts

Sheffield Flute Choir Winter Concert

Saturday, 23 November, 14:30


Mount View Methodist Church
Derbyshire Lane
S8 8SG

Sheffield Flute Choir present our winter concert, in aid of Sheffield Samaritans. 
Join us for an hour of music for flutes - from piccolo to bass flute, from duets to big ensemble pieces - followed by tea and cakes. Expect music from all sorts of genres to brighten up a winter afternoon (there may even be a few early hints of Christmas!). 
70% of the profits from this concert will be donated to Sheffield Samaritans to support their vital work in our local community.

Chamäleons at Christmas

Thursday, 5 December, 19:00 - 21:00


St Matthias' Church Hall
St Matthias' Street

Join us for a cozy evening with christmassy music, mulled wine & mince pies!

We'll be playing some of our favourite pieces by Teleman, da Vittoria, Humperdinck and many others.

On the night before St Nicholas, join us for some festive music to get you all in the mood for a wonderful Christmas.