Workshops

Winter Workshops dates announced

Join traditional flute and whistle player Gordon Turnbull in a relaxed and supportive setting to learn and develop traditional techniques while building up a repertoire from Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

FluteFling Saturday half-day workshops are held every month at Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh. Combining elements of the popular fortnightly classes and the annual Scottish Flute Day in a new format, flute and whistle players will find plenty of inspiration and ideas to further develop their music.

FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson

FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson

Dates and technical focus

Regular FluteFling workshops are held on the third Saturday of every month.

  • Saturday  21st January: focus includes decoration
  • Saturday 18th February: focus includes phrasing
  • Saturday 18th March: focus includes the repertoire and influence of flute inspiration John McKenna.
  • Venue: Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ
  • Time: 1pm – 4pm

Workshop prices: (including tea and coffee)

You can enrol for the individual workshops or for all three at a special rate (see below).

Suitability

The workshops are suitable for adults already playing tin whistles and low whistles in D or wooden simple system (Irish) and modern classical (Boehm) flutes. Musicians returning to the instrument are most welcome. If in doubt, please contact Gordon. To get an idea of what we might cover, check out the blog archive and the Resources section.

Beginners
Unfortunately these workshops aren’t intended for absolute beginners. I will directly contact those who have expressed an interest in beginner whistle or a slower flute and whistle workshop.

Under 18s
Please note that this workshop is for adults. However, those under 18 may be considered if accompanied by an adult or by arrangement. Please contact Gordon if considering this.

Format

Gordon Turnbull

Gordon (c) Ros Gasson

The main focus for the workshops will be on developing technique while exploring traditional tunes, which can change as things arise. Aspects of ornamentation and tuning challenges will also be covered while exploring traditional tunes.

Teaching is by ear, but sheet music and recordings will be provided. Different experience levels will be accommodated within the workshop.

There will be a short break for tea and coffee during the workshop, which is included in the price.

Gordon has been running traditional flute and whistle classes and workshops in Edinburgh for almost 20 years, drawing on his extensive experience as a teacher and as a musician performing at ceilidhs, festivals and sessions in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe.