Youngsters get wise to flutes
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