FluteFling Great Scottish Flute Night

Flutenight5Some 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 lineup so far features:

Hamish NapierThere will be a session afterwards and others over the weekend too on the Saturday and Sunday. And of course there is the main FluteFling Scottish Flute Day of workshops on Saturday too. Nuala will also be performing with her band on Saturday 7th, making it a great weekend for flute music.

Venue and tickets

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


SAMH logoProceeds 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.

FluteFling 3rd Scottish Flute Day: Tom Oakes joins tutors

Tom OakesI 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.

More about Tom and links to his music and videos at his website: http://www.tomoakesmusic.co.uk/

This is the third annual event, following on from the successes of previous years. Look out for more information as details of the day and related events become firmed up.

Photo: (c) Tom Oakes

January update

Winter starFluteFling 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.

Photo: Winter star (c) Gordon Turnbull

FluteFling Scottish flute day 2016

FluteFling-Kenny-HaddenPlans are under way for the 3rd annual FluteFling Scottish Flute Day, following on from previous successes.

Update: Saturday 7th May is confirmed, at the same venue as last year, The Old Parish Church Halls, Bellfield Street, Portobello.

We’re very early in the planning stages but hope to make it part of Tradfest once again. The day is likely to follow the familiar format of multiple tutors with a chance to work with them all. More information will appear on the new dedicated page that will be updated as information becomes available.

Photo of Kenny Hadden teaching (c) Ros Gasson

FluteFling Summer Term details

Flute players at the Flute Fling workshops

Flute players at the FluteFling workshops. (c) Ros Gasson

It’s shaping up to be a busy and exciting term. The second FluteFling Scottish Flute Day takes place on 9th of May, with workshops, sessions, a talk and concerts also taking place.

More is also being planned, so do make sure you don’t miss out on one of the flute events of the year.

Regular FluteFling classes also resume this week on Thursday 23rd April, with 5 fortnightly classes for two groups, taking us into the end of June.

Do come along and explore different techniques and expand on your repertoire of music from Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Open to wooden and metal Boehm system flutes, whistles and low whistles. Full details on the Diary and Booking pages.

There is additional good news about our regular venue of St James’s Church Halls in Portobello as the situation remains unchanged for this term at least.

Photo of FluteFling workshop particpants: (c) Ros Gasson