FluteFling returns to Edinburgh this Autumn with a series of three workshops on traditional flute and whistle playing led by Gordon Turnbull. The afternoon workshops will take place at Tribe Porty in Portobello and evolve out of both the successful regular fortnightly classes that had previously taken place up to 2015 and the popular ongoing all-day annual Scottish Flute Day events that will return in 2017.
The workshops will take place on:
Saturday 8 October
Saturday 19 November
Saturday 17 December
There will continue to be a relaxed, supportive and informal style to the teaching, which will not only help develop repertoire from Scotland, Ireland and beyond, but also focus on aspects of technique. As before, the workshops are open to adults already playing whistle, low whistle or wooden flute in D as well as metal classical flutes (Boehm sytem).
Musicians returning to the instrument after a break are most welcome, but the workshops are unfortunately not suitable for complete beginners at this stage.
You can find out more about the workshops on the dedicated page of the reorganised web site, including online booking details.
I hope to be able to accommodate beginners in the near future; if interested, please get in touch and also sign up to the FluteFling Newsletter
Classes for traditional flute and whistle in Portobello, Edinburgh are set to return this Autumn but details are currently on hold until September.
I am looking into options for resuming flute and whistle classes in Portobello, Edinburgh this coming Autumn but this continues to be tricky due to personal circumstances, albeit different ones from the past year. I expect this to become clearer over the coming few weeks so will have more news in September.
Regular group sessions
I am currently considering monthly Saturday workshops or fortnightly evening classes (as before) and while I have a venue in mind, will need to confirm this.
Unfortunately I am unable to offer individual tuition at this stage. This is purely due to time.
Some of Scotland’s top traditional flute players are set to perform at a special charity concert on Friday 6th May. The concert, arranged in conjunction with the 3rd FluteFling Scottish Flute Day, is in aid of SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and will take place on Friday 6th May. This event is the first of its kind to showcase the flute in this way and is part of a big weekend of traditional flute music in Edinburgh.
The Great Scottish Flute Night will take place at:
City of Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX 7.30 – 10.00 pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets £12/ £8 (concessions) on the door or online from Brown Paper Tickets http://scottishflutenight.bpt.me
24 tickets hotline: 0800 4118881
Please note there is no alcohol allowed on the premises. A cafe is available and there are lots of pubs nearby!
Updated 15 April to include venue and tickets
Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), an important charity dedicated to mental health and well-being for all. Given that 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives, this is an issue that touches the lives of us all.
I am delighted to confirm that Tom Oakes will join Sharon Creasey and Kenny Hadden as a tutor at this year’s FluteFling Scottish Flute Day on Saturday 7th May.
Tom is currently principle Flute and DADGAD guitar teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and plays with his own trio ‘The Tom Oakes Experiment’ as well as the much in demand duo ‘Ross Couper and Tom Oakes’ The latter gained a Scots trad award nomination in 2011 and have performed sell out tours of the UK, Norway, Denmark and Australia.
Tom is a dynamic and accomplished flute player, performer and composer based in Edinburgh. He performs in many settings and genres and brings nimble keywork and a rich tone to his music.
FluteFling weekly classes are taking a break still due to family circumstances. I am still interested in trying some one-off workshops locally at some point, but cannot say when they will be.
The third Scottish Flute Day will return in May is not affected. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the newsletter to be sure of not missing any announcements relating to that event or any others.
In the meantime, thank you for the good wishes and support and I hope to be out again making music with you all once more before too long.