|The Low Flutes Workshop on June 11th was a resounding success!! Carla structured the day around the participants and we all learnt so much about tone, breathing, posture, and how to actually set-up and position our low flutes. Members of the group that had never played a low flute before came away sounding amazing and we're already planning the next one. Many thanks to Carla for being so friendly and approachable but also for making the day so relaxed and inspiring us to learn more. Also a big thanks to All Flutes Plus who kindly lent us some instruments for the day.|
|Join musicians from the 3 Counties as they lend their support to raise funds to aid the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. Soloists and Ensembles will play through the day from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 9th April in St Mary's Church Hitchin. The Flute Ensemble will be playing from 12.30pm - admission is free so please join us if you can.|
|A Roadie’s Review|
Being married to a long term member of the BWA Flute Ensemble not only gives me a unique perspective on how they’ve grown and developed over the years but an inescapable vested interest in everything they do.
Having heard them play countless times, at rehearsals, busking, events, concerts on tour and in competitions, I felt moved to write a brief piece to cover their most recent performance and success at the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama.
I am not a musician, but do enjoy music, especially the added impact of a live performance. Following months of disruption from Covid-19 and the restrictions it imposed on musical groups, it was great to see them performing in a near normal way.
The ensemble was entered in the Centenary Class helping to celebrate 100 years of the festival. The chosen piece, the Ballet Suite by Shostakovich was chosen to fit the centenary theme, demonstrate the groups range of instruments and ability and fit the 10 minute time allotment.
To a reasonable-sized audience, given the final evening slot, at the end of a no doubt long day for audiences and judges alike, I saw weeks of rehearsals come together in a fantastic performance, possibly the best I have ever heard them play. The domed ceiling and faded walls of the Harpur Suite at the Bedford Corn Exchange seemed to amplify the rhythmic bass, enhance the impressive dynamics and sing with the beautiful melodies.
The adjudicator was very impressed, awarding the ensemble a Distinction, and provided his own eloquent summary. He was full of praise and generous comments on everything from the group’s organisation, dress and range of instruments to the subtleties of their accomplished performance.
So, once again, a big thanks from me, for letting me continue to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Long may the group continue to grow in size, ability and ambition. In an exciting year for the group, with the temporary addition of a composer to the ensemble, I can’t wait to hear what you get up to next. I remain a full-on flute fan and long-term listener.
|We are delighted and proud to hear that our Musical Director, Liz Childs, has been recognised as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in their Honours List for 2021/2022.|
|Catch Liz, our Musical Director talking to Babs Michel on 3 Counties Radio - 7:49pm Friday 18th February|
|We’re really excited to announce that we’ve been selected to take part in Making Music’s Adopt a Music Creator Project 2022!! |
The year long project brings together music groups and music creators to collaborate on a brand new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance, a recording and a radio broadcast.
What a great start to 2022!
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Adopt a Music Creator is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music and is funded by the PRS Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust