Ian's visit to new Miyazawa factory in Iijima, Japan

Ian Mullin visit to Miyazawa flute factory and Showroom in Iijima and Tokyo

In June this past summer Ian was fortunate enough to travel to Japan to meet with both the Miyazawa and Sankyo flute companies. All Flutes Plus are the distributors for both these fantastic Japanese flute manufactorers. After the 12 hour Virgin Atlantic flight on which I was unable to sleep and 5 action films later I was met very kindly by Kazu Miyazawa at the airport early on a Sunday morning. I was treated incredibly well by Mr Miyazawa senior, Kazu and Ichirok throughout my few days in both Tokyo and Iijima.

Time Management for ABRSM Exams by Niall O'Riordan

Time management is a very important skill to learn for everyone. Very often because of our creative nature as musicians, it is not something that comes naturally to us. At school I never was good at organising myself in this way. For example, I remember going into exams not knowing how much time I should allocate for each exam question, and I would just hope for the best. A similar thing can happen preparing for graded exams – in this case ABRSM. How much time should we devote to preparing the scales and pieces?

New CD Release - Cafecito El Gato

Cafecito's debut CD is El Gato - 13 tracks of new arrangements of Cuban classics, jazz standards and three original pieces by Janet Sherbourne.

Charanga band from England playing a lively pre-salsa style of music - the music of the orquesta francesa - cha-cha-chas, boleros, danzones & latin jazz. The repertoire includes new arrangements of Cuban classics, new takes on jazz standards and originals.

NEW CD Release Jan 14' - Luminance - Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano) - Classic FM CD of the Weekend 18th/19th Jan 2014

New and original arrangements by Gaubert, Piazzolla, Doppler, Chaminade, Faure, Saint-Saens, Hue and Ibert


Eimear McGeown NEW Itunes Celtic EP Release March 2013

"Eimear McGeown has steadily built a reputation as being one of the world's most versatile exponents of both the Classical and Irish Flute.

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