I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday. We have, made all the more special having JJ arriving just before Christmas. He is a Maine coon and he is very, very friendly.
The New Year promises to be exciting for everyone involved in Flutewise. Things just seem to get better every year.
I’m very pleased about our residential course at Woldingham which will take place between 8 and 11 April. We will be in different bedroom accommodation this year due to plumbing work going on in the Main House where we usually stay. This time we will have twin rooms all with ensuite bathrooms! That is luxury. We will also have use of two enormous common rooms as well as having the amazing Millennium Centre to work in as usual. If you are thinking of coming, hurry up and book your place as places are limited and there are quite a lot of bookings in already. I know it is going to be an excellent course.
There are plenty of other things going on before that. We had a lovely Flutewise Club in December. I’ve just decided on the date for the next one, Saturday 16 February. Places are extremely limited for this one as it will probably be at my house - with JJ watching over us :)
March is a very exciting month with events with Ian Clarke and Marko Zupan. I think we all know Ian Clarke, even if you haven’t met him you might have played or heard his music - Walk Like This, Zoom Tube, Great Train Race etc. Ian will be doing a full day event in Brentwood on Saturday 23 March from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm. The morning session will be for players over Grade 5 standard and the afternoon for players of all standards (8 to 18 year olds only at this one). Family, friends and anyone else interested will be able to come along to hear the music we’ve worked on and Ian perform some of his own pieces at about 5.00 pm. Full details will be available soon.
The weekend before this will be very busy. Marko Zupan will be coming to the UK with his pianist, Minka Popovic for some very exciting events. This is what is planned:
Friday 15 March - individual lessons will be available with Marko at Just Flutes
Friday 15 March - Flutewise workshop at Just Flutes 4.30 - 6.30
Saturday 16 March - Flutewise workshop at St Michael and All Angels in Brighton 1.00 - 4.00
Saturday 16 March - evening recital at St Michael and All Angels in Brighton 7.00 pm
Sunday 17 March - Flutewise workshop at the Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge starting at 10.00 am
Sunday 17 March - lunchtime recital at the Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge 1.30
Sunday 17 March - workshop and masterclass for adults at the Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge starting at 2.45
Bookings for all of these events will be open very soon.
I hope to see you at at least one of them.