British Flute Society & Trinity Laban Flute Festival

Venues: Old Royal Naval College and St Alfege Church, Greenwich, London SE10
Booking: 020 8668 3360 / www.bfs.org.uk


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The British Flute Society are delighted to present a collaborative Flute Festival in the stunning baroque setting of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Across two days in October, the site will be a hub of activity for classical music and flute enthusiasts, with a programme of performances, masterclasses, talks and trade stands culminating in a rare UK performance from the festival's guest international artist, acclaimed Dutch flautist and composer Wil Offermans.

Wil Offermans is known for his creative and contemporary approach to performance and teaching. His compositions have been performed by renowned flautists and flute ensembles around the world, and while his music is quickly entering into the mainstream repertoire, it has rarely been performed in the UK. For the festival's closing concert (St Alfege Church, Friday, 7pm), he will give a special recital of music rehearsed during the festival alongside a flute choir and British Flute Society participants.

Further festival highlights include Trinity Laban's very own Emer McDonough (Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) performing repertoire by Blavet, Debussy and Prokofiev; Anna Noakes performing with Cuban Lift, and contemporary flute ensemble Ayre Flutes, made up of past and present Trinity Laban students. Visitors can also enjoy talks from Julian Coward, who shares a wealth of experience from his career in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and beyond, and Lynda Coffin on the personalities and schools that have shaped modern flute playing. Many of these leading musicians will also be hosting masterclasses with Trinity Laban students, which members of the public are invited to attend.

Wissam Boustany, Chairman of the British Flute Society, says: "I spent ten years teaching at Trinity Laban. Having stood down recently, I am delighted to be able to bring this festival 'home' to this special conservatoire and look forward to creating many more inspired opportunities through the British Flute Society, for students and teachers alike, in the future."

Ian Mitchell, Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at Trinity Laban, says: "We're thrilled to be presenting this festival in partnership with the British Flute Society. It will provide a creatively stimulating meeting point for flautists who are at the forefront of their field and the next generation of performers and teachers, while hopefully opening up flute music to a wider audience with a programme that embraces everything from classical to contemporary via Cuban repertoire."

Advance tickets for the festival are available from the British Flute Society website www.bfs.org.uk or by calling 020 8668 3360.

For press information, images, interviews and review tickets, please contact Rosanna Chianta on 020 8305 9520 or [email protected]

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