Friend International Flute Academy – Flute Masterclass Weekend July 2022

Friend Flute Academy - Flute Masterclass Weekend 23rd-24th July 2022

The Friend International Flute Academy (Founded in 2010) are excited to offer a non residential weekend flute masterclass on the 23rd/24th July 2022 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire (only 17 mins on the train from London Marylebone Station and a 5 min walk from the station to the venue).

This friendly two day flute course will focus primarily on advanced to professional flautists, with repertoire and technical classes, chamber music sessions and an informal end of course concert, all in a lovely venue in the heart of the Chiltern Hills (a stone’s throw from London).

Sat 23rd July / Sun 24th July 2022 (10-5pm)
Lisa Friend (Flute – Repertoire Masterclasses)
Anna Stokes (Flute – Chamber Music / Technical Classes)
Mark Kinkaid (Resident course pianist for repertoire classes)

To apply, please visit:

Applications are now open for the ‘Friend Flute Academy, July 2022

For those of you who are interested in attending, please email us at: and we would be delighted to send you more detailed information (Course features and costs). We welcome both performing participants and audience participants.


Oxford Flute Flute Summer School 14th-19th August 2022

Oxford Flute Flute Summer School 14th-19th August 2022

Since 1988 the world class Oxford Flute Summer School has welcomed flautists of all ages and abilities. In our friendly and supportive atmosphere enthusiastic flautists have the opportunity to develop their technique and musicianship in the beautiful location of Radley College.

At Oxford Flute Summer School we look forward to sharing with you a full week of challenging and enjoyable classes and concerts, working with our acclaimed team of flautists and pianists.

Our established team of superb musicians is ready to support and encourage you. We are passionate about music, with a huge breadth of knowledge and experience.

Supported by All Flutes Plus

Our regular visiting flautists Kate Hill, Robert Manasse and Robert Winn teach regularly in conservatoires across Europe. They have played in many of the UK’s top orchestras and are in great demand to give masterclasses worldwide. They themselves have experienced teaching from some of the great flautists of the 20th century including Marcel Moyse, Geoffrey Gilbert and William Bennett.

Music is at the heart of all we do. Through the very busy week everyone will take part in ensembles, flute choirs, warm up and technique sessions, where the focus is on developing your own musical voice. Small group lessons, one to one lessons with our flute teachers and pianists, will guide you and help you achieve your goals. There are concerts and masterclasses to inspire you to discover new repertoire. You will leave with a plan for the year ahead.

How OFSS began

It all started in 1988 when two young teachers, Janet Way and Clive Conway, discussed starting a flute summer school in Oxford. Janet’s flute-playing niece Katie Bycroft was recruited as assistant to the directors. At the time there were just a couple of other courses based around particular teachers where students would come to sit at the feet of the master and play only once during the week. We felt there was a need for a more active week when flautists could enjoy group playing and learn through participation. One of the important ideas was that this week should be for everyone, not just those with dizzying technical skills. We wanted to attract players who just loved the flute and music but were busy with their other lives for the rest of the year. This is still our guiding principle.

While Oxford colleges can’t be rivalled for beauty and serenity we soon outgrew the accommodation and teaching spaces they can offer. In 2009 we moved to Radley College in Abingdon; almost as beautiful and with a superb music school, a concert hall, many practice rooms and 20th century boarding houses. The city of Oxford is just a short bus ride away.

It’s now more than 30 years since the first Oxford Flute Summer School and in that time some of the biggest names in the flute world have worked with us; Jacques Zoon, William Bennett, Peter Lloyd, Michael Cox, Jeanne Baxtresser, Wissam Boustany, Michel Debost, Katherine Kemler, Patricia Morris, Peter Verhoyen, Sam Coles, Juliette Bausor and Adam Walker. The list goes on…

Our multi layered course still provides options for the most advanced player and the uncertain returner to the flute world and everyone’s contribution is equally valued.

Our goals have not changed. Inclusivity is key, music is at the heart of all our teaching and Oxford Flute Summer School is proud of all that our students have achieved over the years.

Flutes at the Barns with Zoë Booth 2022

Flutes at the Barns with Zoë Booth 2022

Flutes at the Barns Online allows you to participate from the comfort of your very own home. Whether you’ll looking to take part in an online workshop, receive tips by performing and/or watching others in an online masterclass or take part in a live duet-session with FATB tutor, Zoë Booth, Flutes at the Barns has it all covered. It’s easy and free to get set up to take part; you only have to decide which of the online classes in the changing, weekly-timetable will most inspire your playing! Click on the link above for more information.

Residential Flute Courses for adults are held in the beautiful Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District of England. Arrive with your flute on a Monday for a week of musical participation with the first-class FATB tutors, including an individual lesson, private rehearsal with professional accompanist, workshops and sessions playing music in small and large groups, masterclasses and concerts, before departure on Friday. Top-class accommodation on-site – in one of the amazing secluded venues – provides an indiviudal room and bathroom for each musician (partners welcome), with our own private chef taking care of all the practicalities whilst you immerse yourself in the music-making. Click on individual courses for more information.

Whether you’re keeping in touch between residential courses, or perhaps only have time for the mini-Flutes at the Barns experience, an FATB Flute Day is jam-packed with music, fun and inspiration, led by Zoë Booth and the other brilliant FATB tutors. Activities include rehearsals, workshops and warm-ups and the themed Flute Days (on variety of topics) also include the opportunity to take part in an accompanied masterclass; alternatively the “Play Days” are all about ensemble playing, forming a flute choir from scratch for the day to cover a wide choice of music. Our beautiful Arts Centre venue provides a fitting backdrop for the wonderful range of fully inclusive music-making. Click on individual Flute Days for more information.

Flutes at the Barns Overseas Courses provide particularly special opportunities to make music – with all the wonderful flute-playing musical activities you would expect from FATB – whilst exploring exciting non-mainland-UK destinations through a programme of sight-seeing activities fitted around the musical sessions. Varying by destination, courses are 7-10 days in length; individual accommodation for each musician is of the highest standard. Flutes at the Barns has so far taken nine tours of happy flute-players – and some partners, who are welcome too – to Tiree in The Inner Hebrides, Cork in Ireland, Croatia and Sri Lanka. Click on individual courses for more information.

Llangenny Flutes Summer School 2022

Llangenny Flutes Summer School 2022

25th-30th July 2022 –

Sarah and Zoë are delighted to announce that we are returning this Summer!

The THIRTEENTH Llangenny Flute Summer School will be held in the beautiful grounds of Pendarren House overlooking the Grwyne Valley below the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Five days devoted to the flute, with terrific food and great scenery!

The Llangenny Flute Summer School will be led again by experienced professionals, Sarah Newbold on flute and Zoë Smith on piano. Sarah is well respected as a teacher, performer and orchestral musician. Zoë has worked on many flute summer schools and has an extensive knowledge of the flute repertoire.


The Firs
Pendarren House Outdoor Education Centre
Llangenny Nr Crickhowell
Powys NP8 1HE

Since the course is based in Wales, it will follow any Welsh Government guidelines and restrictions relating to Covid-19 that are in place at the time of running the course. Sarah and Zoe ask that participants are fully vaccinated, unless students are medically exempt. Depending on the circumstances in July, regular lateral flow testing may also be required.

Numbers for the course will be limited, and places are available on a first come, first served basis. Due to the uncertain nature of
our times, if the course has to be cancelled due to Covid-19, all fees will be refunded.

Each day there will be a morning warm-up session covering various aspects of technique, followed by masterclass sessions, as well as a variety of classes looking at many different aspects of flute playing, plus an individual coaching session with piano. During the week there will be an afternoon of activities focusing on creativity away from the flute. The emphasis of the Summer School is to create a balance between learning and fun!

There will be two concerts in Llangenny Village Hall as part of the Summer School. On Monday evening Sarah and Zoe will give a recital and on Friday evening there will a concert given by the students, which will feature both solos and ensemble pieces, reflecting the work done over the week.

Participants should arrive for a light lunch at 1pm on the Monday, ready for a class in which everyone will play at 2pm; departure will be after breakfast on the Saturday.

The minimum age for participants is 16. The recommended level is Grade 8 plus.

The ethos for the course is one of hard work and fun, with a supportive atmosphere from staff and all participants. Food is plentiful, and we have a regular supply of delicious cakes to keep teachers and students going!

Both Sarah and Zoe are enthusiastic and energetic teachers, hoping to help each flautist take steps forward in their own flute playing and develop their potential. Students will perform twice in masterclass during the week, as well as being involved in daily warm-ups, chamber music and other classes.

Sarah Newbold studied the flute with Atarah Ben-Tovim and Alan Lockwood at Huddersfield Polytechnic and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Peter Lloyd. She then spent a year at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.

Sarah is a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the New London Orchestra and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic. As a freelance player she works with most of the orchestras in Britain. Sarah is able to work in a great variety of musical styles and situations including opera, symphony and chamber orchestra, film sessions, contemporary music, period instrument, solo and chamber music. She is a member of Cardiff Winds and the Alvor Ensemble

Since 1989 Sarah has been a Professor of Flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is sought after as an adjudicator and examiner and has given masterclasses and recitals in Greece, Finland and Norway. She has also been the regular coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain since 2009. In September 2010, she joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a flute tutor. Sarah is a licensed Andover Educator (Body Mapping) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As an accompanist, Zoë Smith has worked extensively in the UK and internationally with both singers and instrumentalists. A graduate of Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, she has accompanied many soloists in the UK and abroad.

She has received prizes in song accompaniment and has also specialised in flute repertoire, working in masterclasses and recitals with many leading flautists including Alexa Still and Alain Marion, and recording three CDs for flute and piano.

Since 1999 she has worked at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she is now Head of Postgraduate Programmes, coaching chamber music and performing with many of the distinguished visiting artists. In July 2015 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. More recently, Zoë recorded a CD of Welsh solo piano music for Ty Cerdd, which was released at the National Eisteddfod in August 2019.

NCO-The National Children’s Orchestra-Apply

NCO-The National Children’s Orchestra-Apply

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) inspires children and young people – who are 7-14 years old and are British citizens, residents of or studying in the British Isles – to achieve their full potential through learning, performing and creating orchestral music.

The young musicians in our membership are at the heart of our educational activities, and through large orchestral performances alongside smaller scale child-led projects, we encourage teamwork, responsibility, creativity and leadership skills for all of our orchestra members. We nurture both the buzz of collective performance and the role of the individual within that.

Four strands of activity underpin the NCO curriculum, each of which supports the development of fully rounded musicians:

Mastery – the art of creating something wonderful through performance
Wellbeing – we embrace a holistic approach to the minds and bodies of our young musicians
Autonomy – developing the individual voices and musical identities of our musicians
Purpose – understanding of the value of a creative education and sharing that knowledge

Every autumn, NCO auditions over a thousand 7-14 year olds and identifies 600 young musicians to form 11 orchestras: five age-banded national symphony orchestras and six symphonic mixed-age regional orchestras. Many children progress through all our national orchestras gaining up to 7 years of learning opportunities as part of NCO.

A place in NCO gives children access to inspirational residencies during school holidays as well as monthly regional orchestra rehearsals in the local area. As a charity, NCO is open and accessible for all young musicians living in the UK aged 7-14 years old, and we are pleased to offer financial assistance to support fee costs.

Many of our former members are in leading professional orchestras across the UK and further afield. NCO alumni includes winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Guy Johnston (2000), Nicola Benedetti MBE (2004) and Martin James Bartlett (2014), as well as acclaimed conductors Robin Ticciati, Daniel Harding and Jonathan Bloxham.

We love to hear from all of our past members, so please keep in touch via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, as well as the dedicated NCO Alumni Facebook page.

NCO has over 40 years of experience in training, nurturing and mentoring young musicians. Founded in 1978, our late founder, Vivienne Price MBE, envisaged an orchestra solely for young children to learn and developing alongside like-minded compatriots. Since then NCO has steadily grown from one orchestra to eleven, and has nurtured generations of the UK’s extraordinary young musicians.

When to audition

Auditions take place around the UK each October/November. Some of the audition venues change yearly – further details are published when audition applications are being accepted. All applications must be submitted online when you will have two choices: To apply for an in-person audition, by selecting the date and timeslots which best suits your needs, or you may be eligible to apply for a video audition.

Bookings for auditions generally open at the beginning of July and close at the beginning of September.

To be able to audition, you need to be 7-13 years old on the 31st August in the year you apply. We do not specify grades required, but do provide indication of NCO’s current standards by age and instrument which are a helpful guide. More information about eligibility is here.

We aim to make your audition a really relaxed and fun experience. There is no need to be nervous!

Late Auditions

Occasionally we have vacancies for certain instruments at other times of the year. Please contact us for more information.


Orchestras for All-Music Without Boundaries

Orchestras for All-Music Without Boundaries

Orchestras for All has a big vision: music without boundaries. Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives.

The challenge
The importance of access to high quality musical experiences is widely accepted. Research shows us that music-making transcends educational ability, socio-economic status and disability; gives young people a unique way to express themselves; improves confidence and self-esteem, self-efficacy and cultural awareness and can provide a safe space for young people with challenging home or school lives. Ensemble music-making extends these benefits further, giving young people access to broad and diverse social networks and developing teamwork and communication skills.

Across the UK, a wealth of high-quality music-making opportunities for young people exists, both at local and national level. The government continues to fund the work of Music Education Hubs, applications to higher level music courses have risen from 25,000 in 2007 to 40,000 in 2016, and the benefits of music education are lauded: indeed, a longitudinal study published in 2018 found that ‘test scores on inhibition, planning and verbal intelligence increased significantly’ for primary school-aged children who had music lessons.
In spite of this, research from the University of Sussex, leading music researcher Professor Sue Hallam and Sound Connections for Arts Council England explore the range of barriers faced by young people in accessing existing music provision. Recent national studies and surveys have highlighted a significant decline in uptake of GCSE music, reduction of compulsory music at Year 9 and falling music staff numbers in state secondary schools.

A key challenge addressed by OFA is that young people who lack financial, social or cultural support repeatedly miss out on the unique opportunity of ensemble music-making and cannot experience all the non-musical benefits. A 2014 report by the National Children’s Orchestra noted that 70% of its successful state school applicants received private instrument lessons and a 2014 Youth Ensembles report conducted by the Association of British Orchestras concluded that 80% of youth orchestras charge an annual membership fee – one of only a range of significant barriers faced by a prospective young member.
With reduced support in school for music and music teachers expressing a sense of isolation, it is increasingly important that we continue to work with partners across the country to reach young people who would otherwise miss out on the life-changing experience of making music together. Many excellent youth music organisations exist in the UK and do valuable work with participants of varying needs, experience, skill levels, backgrounds and interests.

So, what makes Orchestras for All unique?

The solution
In 2011, Marianna Hay, former Director of Music at Highbury Grove School, set out to address the inconsistency of music provision and barriers faced by young people to accessing opportunities by forming the first National Orchestra for All for 40 11-18 year olds in 2011. Since then, Orchestras for All has evolved into three distinct and innovative programmes with the core aim of bringing the profound musical and social benefits of ensemble music-making to 11-18 year-olds with complex lives.

• We identify young people who lack opportunities to access ensemble music-making and have shown a dedication to music in the face of challenging circumstances
• We equip music leaders with the skills, resources and networks to establish inclusive ensemble music- making opportunities and, in the long-term, cultivate a culture of music-making in their community
• We collaborate with young people, music leaders, professional musicians and music organisations, and cultural venues to create exciting, innovative and inspiring events and performances around the UK, that express the identities of the young people we work with.

We do this through our three programmes:
National Orchestra for All: A unique, mixed ability youth orchestra comprising 100 young musicians with complex lives from across the UK, who come together throughout the year to learn, compose, rehearse and perform ensemble music. Find out more about the National Orchestra for All!

What makes us unique?
Inclusivity: We deliver our programmes in a flexible and inclusive way so they are accessible to all, regardless of instrument skill level, additional needs or background. We value commitment to music above ability and aim to provide high quality artistic experiences to young people at any point in their musical journey.

Wellbeing: We believe that, regardless of individual instrument skill level, ensemble music-making is uniquely placed to significantly improve personal and social skills, and as such, should be available to all. We are committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of the young people we work with in all of our activities. We expect all of the adults we work with to demonstrate understanding and awareness of our expectations, and create a safe and supportive atmosphere for our participants.

Collaboration: We work with external artistic partners, freelance music arrangers and composers, workshop animateurs, cultural venues, social and additional needs experts, and a team of highly trained and experienced orchestral and pastoral tutors to ensure our programmes are delivered to the highest standard and give our participants positive and memorable experiences of music-making.

Ownership: We value and actively seek the perspectives of all our stakeholders in guiding the artistic output of Orchestras for All. We strive to continually develop our approach in placing the voices of the young people and music teachers with whom we work at the centre of our programmes. Our priority is giving participants a positive and memorable experience of ensemble music-making, sowing the seeds of long-term community belonging and musical identity.