Young­sters get wise to flutes

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Readers’ Pictures -

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned flautists have been shar­ing their knowl­edge with bud­ding mu­si­cians from around the dis­trict at a work­shop called the Re­ally Flute­wise Day.

Chil­dren from sev­eral schools came to Kent Col­lege in Can­ter­bury for the event which was led by multi award-win­ning flautist, com­poser and ar­ranger Gareth Mclearnon and in­ter­na­tional per­former Abby Bur­rows, who both play reg­u­larly in or­ches­tras in the West End.

Through a va­ri­ety of fun group ac­tiv­i­ties, the pupils learned new play­ing tech­niques, skills for prac­tis­ing, and en­joyed play­ing a va­ri­ety of en­sem­ble mu­sic, which in­cluded well-known tunes from mu­si­cals. It all cul­mi­nated in a con­cert at the end of the day in front of par­ents and friends.

The chil­dren also got a chance to try out new in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing a contra-bass flute, brought along by Patrick Onn from the flute spe­cial­ist Top Wind.

Ju­lian Ross, who is di­rec­tor of mu­sic at Kent Col­lege, said: “As well as an op­por­tu­nity to make new friends, this has been a re­ally ex­cit­ing and pro­duc­tive day for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“Liz Good­win from Flute­wise has been run­ning these in­valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for young flute play­ers for 30 years, mean­ing this ter­rific event has also been a fit­ting birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Young mu­si­cians who joined in the flute work­shop

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