Elizabeth Walker set up ‘Flutes in Tuscany’ to explore all aspects of flute playing, with inspiring tutors, in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of Tereglio.

The charming hilltop village exudes calm and tranquillity, but for a week each summer, the villagers are happy to forego peace and quiet while the streets echo to the sound of flute warm ups, rehearsals, lessons, ensembles and concerts.

The course is deliberately kept small so that flautists, young and not quite so young, can work together throughout the week, following individually crafted timetables that include one-on-one tuition, workshops, master classes, ensembles and practice time.

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Elizabeth Walker and Sarah Murphy have worked together for thirty years! They bring their expertise and friendship to the course as they work with the naturally beautiful surroundings to enhance all aspects of flute playing, with a relaxed awareness of technique and musical awareness.

Each year, Elizabeth and Sarah invite a visiting tutor. This year Flutes in Tuscany welcomes Katherine Bryan who will be providing classes and inspiration at the beginning of the course and a concert for us on Saturday.

Course leader
Elizabeth Walker
Course tutor
Sarah Murphy
Guest tutor
Katherine Bryan


Daily timetable Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th / Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th

  • Breakfast on the balcony in La Fagiana
  • MORNINGS | group warm up outside on the balcony.
    Individual lessons/opportunity to work with an accompanist or to find a mate for duets/ensembles
    Communal lunch in the village followed by free time (a library of music is provided throughout the course)
  • AFTERNOONS | Masterclasses (including baroque with basso continuo accompaniment)
    Flute Ensembles (Alto and Bass flutes provided).
  • EVENINGS | Supper in local restaurants in or within the vicinity of Tereglio followed by evening activities including concerts/film evening.
  • Wednesday 10th is devoted to rehearsals for the final concert in the large Church of Saint Maria Assunta, in Tereglio.


North of Lucca and Pisa, perched high on top of a Tuscan hill, you find the remote and ancient village of Tereglio.  In every direction, there are stunning views of forested hillsides and deep gorges. Accommodation is mostly offered in one characterful, balconied villa, containing six double bedrooms situated around a large three-storey open space, which is used for flute ensembles and master classes. Other smaller houses within the village are also used as teaching/performing spaces, as well as the local church and chapel.

Part of Tereglio’s charm is that it follows the natural contours of the hillside and it consequently has numerous steep streets and paths, some of which are cobbled and uneven. This sadly makes it unsuitable for anyone with significant mobility issues, and suitcases that cannot be easily carried are best avoided.


In that week I really learnt much things, one of these is my english, and I’m so happy! I learnt much things about baroc flute and jazz, and I had the opportunity to play the alto flute, that I never played before… It was full days of music in a beautiful place with beautiful people.

GIULIA D’AGATA, 16 years old local Italian flautist, 2016

A delight for your senses, Aurally and Visually… I liked the concert in the chapel. I felt that it was like friends playing to friends, very informal and happy… I had never played Bass before and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how slow it is at the bottom and I might have to think about that when I am writing any more arrangements.

NIGEL SHORT, Adult flautist from Saudi Arabia, 2017

It has been such a wonderful time all together in Tereglio… The location was really inspiring for music… The thing that I’ve probably Enjoyed most is the companionship; you are all such wonderful persons.


Join us in Tuscany
3—11 July 2024

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