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Flute Competitions

Flutewise/ABRSM Flute Choir Competition

Tuesday, 28 February - Sunday, 16 July 11:00

Where? The Final will be held at the John McIntosh Arts Centre, London Oratory School, London SW6 1RX

Here is something that should really excite members of Flute Choirs and give them something to work towards!

Flute choirs are invited to enter our very first Flutewise/ABRSM Flute Choir Competition. There are two categories:

  • Open (for players of all ages)
  • School age (all players must be under the age of 19)

The First Round is by recorded YouTube submission. The closing date for the first round will be 5 May 2017. Flute choirs who win a place in the Final Round will be informed by 31 May 2017.

The Final Round will take place on the morning of Sunday 16 July at The John McIntosh Arts Centre, London Oratory School, Seagrave Road, London SW6 1RX, before our afternoon event. The winners of each category will be invited to perform in the evening concert which starts at 17.30.

Do you want to enter your group? You can enter now but first of all you might like to get ready and prepare the pieces, so visit the flutewiselive website for full detals

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Flute Courses

7th Friend International Flute Academy London 2017

Saturday, 15 July, 10:00 - Sunday, 16 July 10:00

Where? Central London Location

15th & 16th July 2017 
Lisa Friend (Flute - Repertoire Masterclasses)
Anna Stokes (Flute - Chamber Music) 
Ian Mullin (Flute - Orchestral Class)
Mark Kinkaid (Course pianist)
The Friend International Flute Academy are excited to host a wonderful two days of flute masterclasses, set in prime venue in Central London. 
Open to all ages, this masterclass is focused primarily on advanced to professional level flautists (and auditors) in different stages of their careers and studies, but alsoembraces high school students looking to pursue a future in music. Repertoire & technical masterclasses taken by flautist, Lisa Friend & Colleagues / Guest Teachers. 
End of course recital - Students / Lisa Friend and colleagues.
To apply as a performer or auditor, or for further info, please email: should you wish to be put on the list to secure a place.

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Flutes du Soleil

Sunday, 23 July - Saturday, 29 July

Where? Haute-Savoie, France

Andrea Kuypers and Louise Burnet return to this beautiful location for their seventh successive summer school. Relaxed atmosphere and inspirational surroundings make for a wonderful week of learning and fun.

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The Scottish International Flute Summer School

Sunday, 23 July, 15:00 - Saturday, 29 July 10:00

Where? St Leonards School, The Pends, St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9QJ

Set in stunning St Andrews and for students age 16+, The Scottish International Summer School runs for one intense week with world class tutors including Michael Cox, Ian Clarke, and Wissam Boustany.  4 customisable courses of varying instensity levels are available and all the info can be found on our website.  If you're still not sure which course is right for you then please give us a call! 

Here's what attendees from the 2016 summer school had to say: 

  • “This was an excellent course, totally inspirational. Lovely friendly participants and tutors. One of the best courses I have yet attended.”

    “Love it all. The mix of players, ages, tutors. The flute saturation where everyone is respected for what they bring and can offer.”

    “First time going, I really enjoyed it and will certainly be looking to come back next year and hopefully to a longer course!”

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UK International Summer Music Camp

Thursday, 27 July, 17:00 - Wednesday, 2 August 11:00

Where? Earls Hall, Cockfield, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

A Student Summer Course for Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone Players with Julie Wright, Nicholas Foster and the Team of Tutors. 

Stay for 6 nights, play until you drop  and enjoy being with like minded others in this beautiful country house with a final concert at the local Church. 

Ages 8 - 18 in three graded playing levels :- Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced. 

Our 8th year at this venue.  +44 7922169122

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Flutewise at Abbotsholme

Saturday, 29 July, 16:00 - Tuesday, 1 August 16:00

Where? Abbotsholme School, Rocester, Staffordshire

We held our first course at Abbotsholme in 2003 and we love going back. The school is situated on a 140 acre campus on the banks of the River Dove in Derbyshire, near the county border and Alton Towers. The school has extensive, excellent facilities, there is even a farm. Most of our large group workand performances take place in the stunning chapel; there is also a purpose built theatre, numerous classrooms and a dining room that is full of character. The food, prepared and served by the friendly school catering staff, is very good with a choice of healthy food at each mealtime. Special diets can be catered for.

Our course members usually share bedrooms with 1 to 6 people, depending on age. Staff, girls and boys all have separate bedroom corridors. Most of our course members thoroughly enjoy spending social time in the common room which is on the very top floor.

Parents often book holiday cottages nearby as the area is really beautiful. We can also offer assisted travel to course members from the south of England either by train or mini bus.



09.00Warm up followed by massed ensemble playing



12.30 Lunch

13.15 Small ensemble groups and/or working with our pianist

15.00 Break

15.15 Outside game (Flutewise Rounders is famous!) or a walk

16.00 Concert (course members or staff or visiting guest)

17.00 Scale game (devised by Abbie Burrows – and, yes, everyone is more than willing to play their scales at this, or any, time of day if it is the Scale Game!)

18.00 Dinner

19.00 Concert (staff or visiting guest)

20.00 Game or other social activity
We aim to keep everyone very busy! There will be emphasis on this course to really improve your playing standard and confidence in performing.

All course members are encouraged to bring a piece of music they know well and they have the opportunity to work on it with our pianist and a member of staff and then perform it in a student concert. This is an excellent way tobuild confidence.

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Wind Quintet /Small Wind Ensemble Retreat

Friday, 4 August, 16:00 - Sunday, 6 August 16:00

Where? Parcevall Hall
Nr Appletreewick
North Yorkshire
BD23 6DE

This retreat is open to pre existing wind ensembles and individuals. 

We have five tutors, who are predominantly from The Orchestra of Opera North :

Flute -  Kevin Gowland

Oboe - Richard Hewitt 

Clarinet - Andrew Mason

French Horn - Naomi Atherton 

Bassoon - David Baker 

Full details can be found on our website at: 

And on our Facebook page:

Or you can contact our administrator, Jo Lewis on:

07753 541223

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Philippa Davies's Flute Summer School

Monday, 7 August, 16:00 - Friday, 11 August 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire sg4 9rb


Philippa Davies is known world-wide as one of the finest solo and chamber flautists currently performing and returns for this well-established friendly but demanding summer school. Her aim is to enable advanced students - conservatoire entry level is the absolute minimum - to increase their musical freedom, imagination, awareness and expression in solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. Every aspect of technique will be worked upon; tone, articulation, breathing and particular attention paid to how freely the body moves to improve performance. Philippa is a licensed Andover Educator in Body Mapping. She will also be working on improvisation skills to improve creativity, freedom of expression and increase general harmonic awareness. There will be masterclasses as well as more general sessions as well as an informal concert given by course members. Course members each receive a ticket to the public concert given by Philippa and Jan Willem on Wednesday 9 August.

Resident: £490 Non-Resident: £385 Code: 17/407

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Oxford Flute Summer School

Friday, 11 August, 11:00 - Wednesday, 16 August 22:00

Where? Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Come and play your flute for 6 intensive days of classes, lessons, ensembles and flute choir. Make new friends, learn more than you ever thought possible from our amazing teachers from the best music academies around the world.

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The Trevor Wye International Summer School

Saturday, 19 August, 17:00 - Saturday, 26 August 09:30

Where? The Trevor Wye Studio, Hastingleigh near Ashford, Kent.

A 7 night intensive course with Trevor Wye in his unique studio. Immerse yourself in flute collections and manuscript archives. Advanced players, advanced level students and teachers. 10 places only. 

4 additional places for Amateur Adult Players with Julie Wright. 

Contact   +447922169122

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Sunday, 20 August, 19:00 - Friday, 25 August 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

Formerly known as Summer Winds and the Wind Plus Summer School, these two popular courses now become one in our first Summer WindFest. The course is led by Colin Bradbury, doyen of British clarinettists, Martin Gatt, bassoonist extraordinaire, baroque specialist Jean McCreery, with guest tutors for flute, horn, oboe and piano, who together will bring a wealth of experience. You'll have the opportunity to play in groups large and small, to encounter a wide variety of repertoire, and to take part in the traditional last night concert given by participants and tutors. Colin also gives a slightly less informal recital with his tutor colleagues on the final afternoon. You'll need to be at least of confident Upper Intermediate standard (see Guide to Standards on p.4) to get the most out of this course, and the course is also suitable for the most advanced players. We will have over 40 wind players on the course and the tutors will carefully match participants into groups of similar standard - there will also be opportunity for particular groups to stay together for at least part of the time. We are looking for flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns and pianists. All course members need to have strong, confident sight reading abilities; some experience of ensemble playing would be a great advantage. Part time attendance is welcomed, although we may need to delay confirmation until nearer the time. In order
to ensure a good balance of instruments, some applicants may be asked to wait a little before their place can be confirmed.

Resident: £585 Non-Resident: £460 Code: 17/502

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Grolloo Flute Session 3

Wednesday, 23 August, 09:00 - Sunday, 27 August 22:00

Where? Hoofdstraat 12
9444 PB Grolloo
The Netherlands

Matthias Ziegler, Ian Clarke and Wissam Boustany are presenting an innovative flute course, with the support of Tim Carey, Kamelia Miladinovaand Eva Kingma.

Participants will be discussing and experimenting many performance and practice issues in fully interactive discussions and workshops.

The course’s timing during late summer allows students and professionals to get back in shape ahead of the new musical season.

The week is aimed at the more advanced flutist.

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Friday, 13 October, 19:00 - Sunday, 15 October 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

This course, led by the infectiously enthusiastic Stephanie Reeve and clarinettist George Sleightholme, gives intermediate players the opportunity to develop ensemble and sight-reading skills as well as providing assistance with basic technical skills such as breathing, posture and musicianship. The main focus is the large ensemble, which works on four-part arrangements and original works. The varied repertoire covers everything from Renaissance to the present day. Players of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet and any saxophone are welcome. There are also parts for French horn. There will be some opportunity for chamber music playing so players are encouraged to bring their own music.

Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Code: 17/295

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Friday, 20 October, 19:00 - Sunday, 22 October 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

This popular course focuses on the wind quintet and double quintet repertoire and is designed for individual applicants of a confident grade 6 and above. The emphasis is on playing a range of repertoire during the course so you should be a good sight reader and, most importantly, willing to mix and match with your fellow musicians. Each of the coaches specialise in a different instrument, so between them they cover all bases. The course culminates in an informal play-through on the final afternoon.

Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Code: 17/298

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Flute Days

ABRSM New Flute Syllabus Day

Sunday, 9 July, 09:30 - 16:30

Where? Just Flutes
46 South End

Take a tour round the new ABRSM flute syllabus with Just Flutes catalogue editor Chris Hankin. She will expertly guide you through each grade, covering the main repertoire as well as highlighting hidden gems. It’s also a chance for us to discuss any teaching issues that may be relevant to the new listings. This is an ideal opportunity to get ahead before the summer break – then you really can put your feet up in style!

See the attached document for full details, or book online.

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Flutewise Live! 2017

Sunday, 16 July, 13:00 - 18:30

Where? The John McIntosh Arts Centre, London Oratory School

A fantastic flute workshop, competition and concert in London

Launching the new ABRSM Flute Exam Syllabus

Come and join us to celebrate the launch of the ABRSM new flute syllabus at this exciting event in London. There will be workshops (for flute players, teachers and parents), playalongs, a flute choir and ‘The Wrong Exam’! Your favourite flute shops will be there. We will also be holding the final round of our very first Flute Choir Competition. Everyone taking part in the workshops will be able to perform in the evening concert which starts at 17.30.

You will be able to meet and work with lots of famous flute players and other musicians including Abbie Burrows, Louise Matthew, Gareth McLearnon, Ana Pucihar and pianist, Blaz Pucihar as well as the Flutewise Apprentices and the Chief ABRSM Examiner, John Holmes.

This event is suitable for flute players interested in grade exams from grade 1 to grade 8, their teachers and parents.

If you love playing the flute, you will love this event! 

Visit the Flutewiselive website for full details

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Summer Flute Playday

Saturday, 5 August, 10:00 - 16:30

Where? Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield

Bring your flutes (plus piccolos, alto and bass flutes and any bigger ones too!) to Sheffield for a day of group playing. We're planning a relaxed day – no pressure, just a chance to get together with other flute players and try out some music. Whether you play regularly or are a bit ‘rusty’, you’re very welcome!

For players aged 18+, around Grade 5 upwards.

Cost £15 incuding plenty of tea, coffee and cake.

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Contemporary Flute Day with Carla Rees

Saturday, 23 September, 10:00 - 16:30

Where? Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield

Come with a curious mind and discover the wide world of the contemporary flute. Led by Carla Rees, specialist in contemporary flute playing and low flutes, this workshop aims to answer all of your questions about extended techniques, notation, new repertoire and more. The day will include trying out new playing techniques, exploring repertoire, ensemble playing and a short recital by Carla showcasing the best of new flute music.

Cost: £60 including tea break refreshments.

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Compose Yourself! Composing for Flute

Saturday, 21 October, 10:00 - 16:00

Where? Shirley House
31 Psalter Lane
S11 8YL

Workshop: Compose Yourself! Composing for Flute
with composer Jenny Jackson and flautist Rachel Shirley.

This one-day workshop will guide you through the process of composing your own short piece for flute, culminating with an informal performance and recording of all completed pieces. There will be group activities and individual writing time (with one-to-one support from Jenny and Rachel) with plenty of opportunities to hear outcomes and make revisions as your piece progresses.

This workshop is ideal for adults with little or no composing experience who want to 'have a go' in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Don't worry: there are lots of tricks to make sure you don't get stuck! 
Age: 18+
Cost: £55

For more information and to book:

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Master Classes

FLUTEinWIEN - Your Private Masterclass in Vienna

Wednesday, 14 September, 20:17 - Monday, 31 July

Where? Vienna, Austria - Your private flute masterclass in Vienna

✓ Extra long daily classes (1.5-2 hours)
✓ Daily Warm-up classes - extra attention to your technique and sound
✓ Flexible dates all year-round: Simply come when YOU need it the most
✓ 3-6 days custom plan - Choose according to your needs and wishes
✓ Free afternoons and evenings in Vienna - Time to explore and enjoy the city
✓ A break with home made cake and roasted coffee included

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29th forum for flute and piano

Friday, 21 July - Sunday, 30 July

Where? Diekirch / Luxembourg

Live your flute dream in Diekirch (10 days masterclass):

  •  Have you ever dreamt about playing for and work with the best flute professors?
  • Do you want to spend fantastic holidays with wonderful musicians from all over the world?
  • Participate in Forum for Flute and Piano and gain experience to enjoy playing the flute even more! ...


FLUTE PROFESSORS :Carlo Jans /Tilmann Dehnhard/Christina Fassbender/Olga Ivusheikova/Kersten McCall

Harpsichord: Ewa Rzetecka

Accompaniment :Ieva Dzerve /Kinga Firlej – Kubica

PIANO PROFESSOR : Daniel Blumenthal

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