Flutes in Tuscany 2017

July 9th – 16th 2017 | Guest tutor Rowland Sutherland, jazz flautist.

Five full days of tuition, four concerts, three Italian flautists, two piano accompanists and one long wonderful week of sunshine.

Rowland introduced improvisation and a whistle-stop tour through the Jazz scales and how to swing beats. He was assisted by Jazz percussionist, Floyer Sydenham and Rowland brought with him a number of his compositions for flute ensemble. Rowland gave a stunning concert of contemporary and jazz pieces and thrilled all the participants with his stunning flute playing and relaxed charm.

Elizabeth hosted baroque lessons and gave a special opportunity to all flautists that had prepared baroque pieces, to join her in a concert and perform alongside baroque cellist, Sebastian Comberti and Julian Walker on keyboard.

The Tutors concert was performed by ’Silver Birch’ with music for 2 flutes and piano performed by Elizabeth Walker, Sarah Murphy and Sally Halsey.

The final concert where all the participants performed solos, duets and large and small ensembles, also included a second performance of one of Rowland’s pieces ’Soulistic’. This piece was arranged for all the flautists and featured a number of improvisations from flautist on the course, also on alto and bass flutes, and included parts for our two resident cellists, two keyboards and Floyer on drums