Flautist unites with former teacher
After 25 years, an internationallyrenowned Kiwi flautist has been reunited with her former high school music teacher.
Melissa Farrow, who now lives in Sydney, will perform this weekend with Graham McPhail, a music teacher who once inspired her at Auckland St Cuthbert’s College.
Farrow is a period flautist and is the principal flute player of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
The group plays scores from the 18th century on restored and reproduced instruments from the period.
Farrow specialises in the wooded baroque flute, an instru- ment she said has a distinctive sound from the traditional steel flute.
‘‘You come to a wooden instrument and it’s a lot more mellow and soft and grainy and gritty,’’ Farrow said.
‘‘You feel like you’re playing a tree that was once alive, it’s a very different feeling.
‘‘It’s got a lot of character, it’s got a lot of colour differences. I think that’s what really attracts me to it.’’
Farrow said she was drawn to the baroque flute having learnt about the historical context of the instrument as a child.
Farrow and McPhail will perform in NZ Barok’s Autumn Notes show this weekend at St Luke’s Church in Remuera.
Graham McPhail taught Melissa Farrow around 25 years ago.