May is proving to be quite busy. We had a really pleasant Flutewise Club on 18 May when we explored some excellent new arrangements. We sight read through them all, changing parts after each one. They are ideal arrangements for a little plan we are hatching for Flutewise Club soon :)
JJ also approves of two exciting new books which arrived in the post this week.
Flute Reboot - A complete workbook for flute players, published by astute music by Clare Southworth should prove very popular especially adults who haven’t played for awhile and flute players who’ve had a break during GCSEs and A levels. Clare is an extremely experienced teacher and offers us this series of lessons in her workbook that will get rid of cobwebs and inspire lovely flute playing. As well as great advice and stimulating exercises, there is some lovely music which we all want to play. Highly recommended.
Fit in 15 Minutes by Elisabeth Weinzierl and Edmund Wächter published by Schott Music could make a great companion to Clare’s book. We should all warm up at the beginning of our practice sessions - do you?! - it’s good to have some fresh ideas of what to do and if you followed this book you would cover all the basic flute technique to make you a better player.
Events - Wonderful Winds
You might be interested in this event if you live within travelling distance:
Following the great success of our Wonderful Winds’ Flute Days! around the country, we are delighted to be bringing the event to Peterborough in August 2019.
Flute Days! presents a unique opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to get together for a day or two of fluting. The emphasis is very much on having fun with the flute and the events are designed to build confidence and improve on the flute, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Saturday 10th August, 10am - 6pm
Suitable for novice/intermediate players and rusty returners! (Approx. Grade 1-5)
Sunday 11th August, 10am - 6pm
Suitable for more confident/advanced players (Approx Grade 5-Diploma)
Intermediate players are welcome to attend both days, as are advanced players who would like to support the novice players.
Venue – The Peterborough School, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6AP
Each day includes:
Meet the big flutes!
Massed flute choir
The event is coached by myself and my longstanding flute colleague and friend, Joss Campbell. Joss and I have been leading flute choir workshops together across the country for many years, and our shared enthusiasm for all things ‘flute’ will guarantee a lively weekend of music making. The music for the weekend will be drawn from the Wonderful Windscatalogue of flute music. We will be using this resource for the massed flute choir sessions, and making the full library of some 300 pieces available for the smaller chamber music sessions. If you’ve had first-hand experience of using or playing pieces from our catalogue, you will appreciate how much players enjoy them; we are very excited to be able to share this resource more widely!
There will also be a Wonderful Winds pop-up shop in case you are inspired to take some music home.
You can find more details, including prices, bursary opportunities, teacher discounts, timetables and application forms (for Adults and Under 18s) on the Wonderful Winds website here. Discounted Early-Bird booking is now open (until 10th June), and places are limited, so early booking is recommended.
This information might be of interest which I received in an email from Amy Yuan:
The 2nd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition
‘I am a violin alumna of Royal Academy of Music and leader of NYOGB in 2007 and now run my own music academy. The academy builds platforms for young musicians both in Britain and China, part of what we do, is an International youth music competition which we run in association with British Music Society.
Building on the success of the 1st New Talent British International Youth Music Competition last August, we are running the Competition for its 2nd year this August at Harrow School. This year we are open to Strings, Piano, Voice, Woodwind and Brass, Speech, age 4-24 at all levels. We have 7 jurors on the panel including professors from Royal Academy of Music on the Jury Panel such as Head of Strings - Jo Cole. Every candidate receives a hand-written feedback from a member of the Jury Panel. There are Opening Concert and Award Winners’ Concert (at the beautiful Harrow School Old Speech Room), top prize winners are invited to perform by British Embassy Beijing to perform at the Expo 2019 Beijing, so lots of performing opportunities!
I was wondering if you could be so kind to spread the word about this year's Competition to your students. We also have printed brochures, would it be useful to post some to you? The entry fee is £50/instrument which includes official accompanist and a run-through with the accompanist.
Detailed information can be found:
Online Brochure: http://www.ayacademy.net/en/competition/2019-competition-online-brochure/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/newtalentyouthmusic/
I would be most grateful if you could please help us share.’
Enjoy the rest of May!