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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

May 8


Monday, 8 May, 18:30 - Thursday, 11 May 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

Now a regular in the Benslow Music programme, flautist Kia Bennett together with pianist Tim Carey will be running this stimulating course designed for flautists. The course will include some mini masterclasses and we’ll also be playing through some of the favourites of the flute choir repertoire so if you have a piccolo, or especially if you have an alto or bass flute, make sure to bring it along. If there’s any aspect of technique or music making which you would particularly like to be included, either in your private lesson or in one of the open sessions, then this can be arranged. Kia will also bring samples of some BG/Garner headjoints from the USA, without doubt amongst the finest headjoints in the world, which you are very welcome to try out.

Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305 Code: 17/322

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Flutes en Vacances in Portugal

Saturday, 13 May, 17:00 - Saturday, 20 May 09:30

Where? Santo Tirso, near Porto, Portugal

2 consecutive courses for Intermediate and Advanced Flute Players with Julie Wright and Nicholas Foster. Stay in this charming 9 bedroomed manor house dating from 1730 with all rooms deluxe and ensuite.  Plenty of space to practise and rehearse. Home cooking, daily playing sessions and time to sightsee. Partners welcome. Fly to Porto. Easy transits.   +447922169122

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BWA Flute Ensemble Germany Tour May 2017

Saturday, 27 May, 08:00 - Tuesday, 30 May 22:00

Where? Concerts in/around Cologne, Germany.
We are based in Bedfordshire but the tour is open to all adult flautists.

Join us on tour to Cologne, Germany in May 2017! Open to all adult flute players in the UK. Follow the fb link or email for more details. Spaces are limited so book your place today!

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The Refreshed Flautist Retreat in Cornwall with Jessica Quiñones

Thursday, 22 June, 15:00 - Sunday, 25 June 16:00

Where? St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK

The Refreshed Flautist is a retreat designed over 4 days of music & relaxation in a beautiful setting on the North Cornish coast.

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

Where: St, Agnes, Cornwall, UK
When: 22-25 June 2017
Cost: £295 with early bird registration by Sunday 23 April, 2017
Book your spot with a £100 deposit.

This retreat is for you if...

You want to fall in love with your flute playing again
You're looking for some new 'ah ha' moments in your skill-set
You're craving a relaxed space to let your musicality flow
You'd love to experience all of the above with like-minded musicians

There are only 10 spots available on this retreat to ensure that you will receive the highest quality of attention during our time together.

This retreat is for adults and for all levels, from beginners (Gr. 1+) to advanced players.

Expert Practitioners:

Jessica Quiñones: Flute Masterclasses and 1:1 Lessons
Ruth Ballantyne: Flute Group and Ensemble playing
Odry Bastianello: Meditation and Breathwork
Amy Jones: All levels Yoga
Sanchia Hylton-Smith: Creativity and Score Interpretation
Martin Miller: Performance Confidence

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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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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

Adult Flute Day with Chris Hankin

Sunday, 7 May, 10:00 - 16:00

Where? Just Flutes
46 South End

FULLY BOOKED! (Please call to be placed on the waiting list)

A day especially for adults, hosted by Just Flutes

Session 1             10.00am

We will start with a large flute ensemble before dispersing into smaller groups. This will enable us to get to know one another and explore some wonderful flute chamber music. You can also try the alto and bass flute if you wish.

Coffee                  11.15am 

Session 2             11.30am

I will be taking a general workshop during which you can raise any flute-playing issues that concern you. We could tackle any technical problems that you might have, you could perhaps play a piece or study that might benefit from a little extra support or you could simply just listen to others and soak up the information! If you feel you would like to keep working on your chamber music, that’s fine too!

Lunch                    1.00pm

Make the most of the relaxed atmosphere in a shop open just for you!

Session 3             2.00pm

We will go back to playing the chamber music rehearsed earlier in the day.

Tea                         3.15pm

Concert                3.30pm

The programme will consist of the chamber pieces rehearsed during the day, any solo pieces that you might like to play, and it will end with our big flute choir piece. If you would like to bring along friends or family that would be great! Participation is purely voluntary and it will be a really informal affair. It’s a great opportunity though – and you will be playing to the most supportive audience ever!

And finally…

I will send music to anyone who would like it. Please indicate your standard on the application form so that I can organise the groups accordingly. My aim is to help everyone improve during the day so if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Flutewise with Ian Clarke

Sunday, 14 May, 10:00 - 17:00

Where? The Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge




The morning session will start at 10.00 am until 12.00.In the morning there will be warm up, tips and tricks, interactive workshops and masterclasses.  Flute teachers are welcome to stay for the afternoon event.

The afternoon event for children  and will start at 12.30. 
• Discover ways to improve your playing; 
• Enjoy meeting Ian Clarke and exploring and hearing his music;
• If you play in ensemble come and play in a masterclass with Ian Clarke
• Play great ensemble music and more...

This fun and educational workshop is aimed at any keen flute player from 8 to 18 years from beginners upwards. 

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Flute Day with Katherine Bryan

Sunday, 14 May, 10:00 - 16:30

Where? The Arch,
Station Lane,
Chandlers Ford,
SO53 4DD

10am - 4pm, Open to flute players grade 6 and above

At the age of just 21, Katherine was appointed principal flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra - a position she holds today in addition to appearing as concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide.

Katherine is currently a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. She has also played Guest Principal with the London Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Halle, Philharmonia and London Symphony orchestras.

Ms Bryan has appeared at major international festivals as both concerto soloist and recitalist, including the Cheltenham International Festival. She has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and on BBC television.

The day will focus on audition technique, orchestral playing and advanced masterclasses.

Tickets £25

01962 857275 /

Supported by Just Flutes:

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Woodwind Fitness Day

Saturday, 20 May, 10:00 - 16:30

Where? Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield

A day for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions on Alexander Technique, posture, breathing, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. 

Cost: £30

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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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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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Saturday, 3 June, 10:00 - 16:00

Where? Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

The popular Zoë Booth offers tips and encouragement to flautists of any standard on this one-day course. She’s expert at pinpointing problems and offering efficient solutions and achieves amazing results with the minimum of fuss and maximum friendly support. We begin at 10am, break for lunch (included in the price) at 1pm and end no later than 5pm.

Fee: £75 Code: 17/107

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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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