Last Sunday, 14 January, we held our first Flutewise event of the year at the wonderful Kent College, Canterbury with Abbie Burrows, Gareth McLearnon and myself. Enormous thanks goes to Jane O'Neill (flute teacher) and Julian Ross (head of music) for making it possible to happen. Below is a write up of the event by Julian.
A wonderful day of music making at Kent College, when as well as many of our own pupils, we also welcomed young flautists from all around the Canterbury area to participate in ‘The Really Flutewise’ event. Workshops took place throughout the day with internationally renowned flautist Abby Burrows and multi-award winning flautist, composer and arranger Gareth McLearnon. Through fun group activities, the children learnt new techniques, skills for practising, and enjoyed putting together a variety of ensemble music, including well-known tunes from musicals. The children all got a chance to try out new instruments of all sizes, including a mighty contra-bass flute brought along by Patrick Onn from ‘Top Wind’. Along with a delicious roast lunch, provided by Kent College’s catering team, and an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, this was a really exciting and most productive day. Thank you to Liz Goodwin from ‘Flutewise’, now in her 30th Year of running such splendid opportunities for young flute players, for putting on such a terrific event. Also thanks to our own flute teacher Jane O’Neill for her vision, encouragement and support in bringing this amazing day to Kent College. Well done all!