Flutes in Tuscany 2022

July 6th – 14th 2022 | Guest tutor Wissam Boustany

After a two-year Covid break, what a joy to be back in Tereglio again! Having fund-raised with a 69 miles South Coast Path walk in May, I was delighted to be able to offer THREE Young Artist places – a fully funded place to Daryna Bachynski from Ukraine, who presented ‘A night in Paris’ recital on day two – July 8th – a sonorous Sonata by Mel Bonis, followed by Pierre Sancan’s Sonatine. Both pieces were full of colours and expression and beautifully accompanied by our new course accompanist, Aaron Burrows. Daryna finished with two favourites – Poulenc Sonata and Ian Clarke’s The Great Train Race – journeying us back to Tereglio. As part of Flutes in Tuscany’s continued support, Daryna will be performing at Benslow (on Monday 13th March 2023). Our two Highly Commended artists – Lalleh Memar and Catriona Bourne presented a lunchtime recital a few days later and it was a joy to have all three talented flautists on this years’ course – sharing their prodigious talent, enthusiasm, and creativity with everyone.

Wissam Boustany is our first returning guest tutor and it was a joy to be working together with him in Tereglio. Anyone who knows Wissam will recognise the passion and focused intensity he brings to his teaching and playing, and we all benefited from his immersive and impassioned energy. Masterclasses, one-to-one lessons, AND a recital with Aaron entitled “Impressions…. Remembrances…” to a packed church on a warm Saturday evening, full of flautist, local villagers, dogs, and children – all coming and going. The programme included Martinu’s Sonata, Mouquet’s La flute de Pan, improvisations and Castérède – Flutes en vacances, with our pastoral tutor and returning Young Artist, Katie Sazanova, Sarah Murphy, and myself. It had been such fun to rehearse and a complete joy to perform this great chamber work together.

Additional recitals this year included course tutor, Sarah Murphy’s recital “Musical Postcards” – an amazingly diverse programme, and our final recital in the chapel, “An evening of Baroque Music” where a highlight was performing Boismortier Trio in D opus 7 no 1 on three baroque flutes with myself, Sarah and Catriona, and an opportunity for my husband, Julian Walker, and myself to perform together.

Left to right – Lalleh Memar, Catriona Bourne, Steven Graham, Julian Walker, Charlotte Graham, Alessandro Amati, Elizabeth Walker, Daryna Bachynski, Mike Chalmers, Krystina Gale, Kate Hunt, Karolina Laskowska, Emily Moores, Annie Banks, Torsten Krebs. Photo by Sarah Murphy outside La Fagiana in Tereglio

The course finishes with an annual final concert in the central church. It was lovely to see so many from the village joyfully attending the concert, along with family and friends in the area and the evening was introduced by our talented youngest flautist, Alessandro Amati – who had prepared a speech in Italian before all the pieces performed, from the opening number from Wells pupil, Emily Moores, to our closing number – ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ a tutti ensemble arrangement by Matt Johnson. Hear all these pieces on our YouTube playlist.

A magical year of recitals! But Flutes in Tuscany is so much more! A joyous collection of ages (14 – 76), countries (Ukraine, Poland, Australia, America, Italy, Ireland, England, and Wales), ensembles (duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, tutti), flutes (piccolos, C flutes, alto, bass, baroque, 8 keyed classical – Boehm flutes in wood, silver, and gold)! We had evenings in the village, on the green, in the neighbouring valley, pizzas in the home cinema, and we even performed this year in the village’s Lavender Festival. It really was a memorable year, and we were all SO pleased to be back!