The Hampton Trio (Flute, Cello & Piano) London Concert-Nina Robertson, Roberto Sorrentino and Paul Jeanes

The Hampton Trio (Flute, Cello & Piano) London Concert-Nina Robertson, Roberto Sorrentino and Paul Jeanes

The Hampton Trio
Nina Robertson (Flute) | Roberto Sorrentino (Cello) | Paul Jeanes (Piano)`

Date: Friday 26th April 2024 at 7pm
Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Hinde Street, London, W1U 2QJ


Jean Francaix
Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano

Nino Rota
Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano

Joe Kraemer
Evenfall – World Premier

Plus music by Hector Villa-Lobos, Elena Kats-Chernin and Yann Tiersen.

Tickets £15 available on the door

The Hampton Trio (Flute, Cello & Piano) London Concert-Nina Robertson, Roberto Sorrentino and Paul Jeanes

The Hampton Trio-Nina Robertson London Concert April 2024-26th April PDF

Flutes at the Barns with Zoë Booth

Flutes at the Barns with Zoë Booth


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. The program offers a personal lesson, private rehearsal with a professional accompanist, group music sessions, masterclasses, and concerts. Comfortable accommodation is provided in beautiful secluded venues, each musician gets a private room and bathroom (partners welcome). A private chef handles practicalities, allowing you to focus on making music.


A FATB Flute Day is full of music, fun, and inspiration. Led by Zoë Booth and other excellent FATB tutors, activities include rehearsals, workshops, warm-ups, and themed Flute Days covering various topics. You can participate in an accompanied masterclass during themed days or enjoy ensemble playing in “Play Days,” forming a flute choir for the day. The Arts Centre venue offers a beautiful setting for fully inclusive music-making.


Flutes at the Barns Overseas Courses offer unique chances for musical experiences combined with exploration in non-mainland-UK destinations. Enjoy the expected flute-playing activities from FATB while discovering exciting places through sightseeing activities integrated with the musical sessions. Courses, lasting 7-10 days depending on the destination, provide high-standard individual accommodation for each musician. Flutes at the Barns has organized nine tours to destinations like Tiree in The Inner Hebrides, Cork in Ireland, Croatia, and Sri Lanka, welcoming partners too.

Join the British Flute Society

Join the British Flute Society

Supporting the flute community in Britain and beyond


The BFS are Europe’s oldest flute organisation and a charity dedicated to celebrating and advancing the flute and flute-playing in Britain and beyond. From their acclaimed journal ‘Pan’ and their annual Competitions for young players to events, festivals and resources, they support BFS members and the wider flute world however they can.

Become A Member

Whether you’re a flute player, teacher, student, retailer or simply a flute enthusiast, joining the BFS is a way to support our charitable work and benefit from our resources, events, member perks and community. Membership starts at just £25.

Pan Journal

Published three times a year, their acclaimed journal is an entertaining and authoritative guide to all aspects of the flute and flute playing.


The BFS organise and co-host events around the UK, from concerts to flute days and workshops. They also curate extensive listings of flute events.


Their annual competitions are a chance for young flautists to perform in front of leading players, with individual feedback and top prizes.

Community & Support

Their UK and global network of Area Representatives provide help and support, as well as opportunities for members to socialise and play.

Information & Resources

BFS create and curate information and resources for flute players, from their 50-strong technique video series to online articles and directories.

Festivals & Conventions

They hold conventions and festivals, bringing international talent to play and teach – plus concert series including the Premier Flautist recital series.

The History of the British Flute Society

The Birth of the BFS, by Founder Trevor Wye

‘The idea of a BFS was born in June 1969 but took longer to start due largely to a lack of interest among many of my orchestral colleagues. During the 1970’s, the idea was tossed around from time to time but on meeting Don Close, one of the managers of Boosey and Hawkes, he encouraged me to arrange a meeting at the B&H factory hall in Edgware.

I wrote to about 150 players, teachers and enthusiasts around the UK, inviting them to the first meeting on 22nd May 1982 to discuss the formation of a society. As a result of that meeting, a Steering Committee was formed and the first Committee meeting was held on June 5th, 1982. It was agreed that the society would officially begin on the 1st January 1983.

Christopher Hyde-Smith (BFS First Chairman)

Christopher Hyde-Smith was voted our first Chairman, who encouraged a spirit of openness and friendliness amongst a Committee with widely differing views, a remarkable achievement. John Francis, at whose house the meetings were held, was the Secretary and he later married the first Editor of Pan, Lorna Lewis. James Galway accepted the Committee’s invitation to become our first President and both he and a number of famous soloists generously gave their services at a series of London Flute days held at the Guildhall School of Music and at the Royal College of Music. A number of contributions were also received by British publishers and instrument companies, which soon put us in a healthy financial position. Christopher was succeeded by Edward Blakeman, who carried on the good work, as have Susan Milan and Douglas Townsend, Kenneth Bell, Atarah Ben-Tovim and Wissam Boustany.

The first meeting at B&H was chaired by me, until a Steering Committee was voted for. Nominations and volunteers were asked for at that meeting and voted in. As Founder, I preferred to step aside at this point, but agreed to be on the steering committee.

BFS-First Post-War European Flute Society

The BFS was the first post-war European flute society and has resulted in similar societies being formed in Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland and Hungary. Our first offshoot was born on January 1st 1989, Flutewise, which was originally the junior section of the BFS, but now a flourishing and independently run organisation.’

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.


National Orchestra for All

National Orchestra for All

Orchestras for All-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 the 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 the uptake of GCSE music, a 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 access 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 animators, 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.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain-Apply

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain-Apply

NYO believes in inspiring its teenage members with a sense of personal responsibility for giving world-class performances. That starts with giving them fantastic role models. Together we’re building the future of orchestral music.

Playing in NYO can be a life-changing experience. As an NYO Musician, you make incredible music, try out new ideas with the brightest young musicians in the country, and work with accomplished tutors at an exceptionally high standard. But that’s not all. Being part of the Orchestra helps you develop as team players and young leaders, encourages you to pass on your skills to other teen musicians, and helps you become more confident in taking risks. Plus you’ll make some of the best friends you’ll ever meet along the way.

NYO wants to give the UK’s most dedicated young musicians every opportunity to participate in our vibrant, challenging orchestra. We look for musicians and composers who combine considerable technical aptitude and flair for orchestral playing with a taste for adventure, open minds and a great team spirit. Our musicians have a responsibility not simply for themselves as performers but for each other and as ambassadors, encouraging other young musicians to deepen their relationship with orchestral music.

As a strictly teenage orchestra, we have the following requirements:

You will need to be between 13 and 18 on 1 September 2020 in order to apply for NYO 2021.

Unless you’re applying as a composer, you should be at Grade 8 dstinction level or equivalent. You will either need a copy of your certificate or mark sheet, or a letter from your instrument or music teacher to provide written confirmation that you are of the required standard.

You are a British citizen, or resident or studying in the British Isles.

You are not studying full-time at a college of music, or on a joint course with a music college.

You are available for all of the rehearsal residencies, tour dates and performances and between 5-10 days of NYO Inspire activity. In addition, we may ask if you would like to attend other activities that come up throughout the year. These will be voluntary. For musicians in the orchestral keyboard section, we will rotate all of these dates as the repertoire dictates. We ask that all applicants are available for the complete NYO calendar at audition stage; you can see these NYO activity dates here.

When you complete your application, there is space to let us know about any availability issues you may have. Once you have been scheduled an audition slot, please let us know within four weeks if you cannot make this date, venue or time. We will do our best to reschedule any auditions, but have extremely limited flexibility.
All auditions are offered completely FREE. Once we are four weeks away from the date, cancelled places become very difficult to fill. The actual cost of auditions to us is around £150, so if you have to cancel your place at the last minute we will ask you to make a donation towards this cost. Exceptional circumstances are, of course, always acknowledged and this is a suggested donation.

We have travel bursaries available to help with costs to and from the audition venue.

The audition experience aims to be positive and constructive and all auditionees will receive a workshop and written feedback. Bursaries are also available to cover the full cost of a place in NYO.

Financial information: costs and assistance

We can help you be part of NYO.

NYO subsidises every seat in the orchestra to a manageable level. We raise over £1.8m so that we can do this. Also we ensure that free places are available to musicians who need them.

For NYO 2020, we ask for a contribution of £2,142 from each musician. The actual cost of being part of NYO is £8,000, so your contribution represents around a quarter, and equates to the cost of accommodation and travel on tour.

If you are offered a place in NYO and require financial assistance to cover the contribution our bursary scheme will help you. Depending on your financial circumstances we will fund all of the contribution or some of it. We can also guide you in applying for support from other organisations.

If you would like to help fund NYO bursaries, please contact our development team.