Llangenny Flutes Summer School 2022

Llangenny Flutes Summer School 2022

Llangenny Flutes Summer School 2022

25th-30th July 2022 – https://llangennyflutes.com/

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.