Flute Journal Holds Mini Convention in London
October 14, 2016 (No Comments) by

International Flute Journal presented its first mini flute convention on October 15th when it presented a day of master classes in co-operation with The Vibe/All Flutes Plus in central London.

    Andy Panayi

Andy Panayi

One event was the next in an ongoing series of workshops in jazz flute performance presented by the Jazz Flute Big Band – UK. Initiated by Ali Ryerson in October 2015, this ensemble, under the guidance of Flute Journal editor-in-chief Peter Westbrook, with musical direction provided by leading UK flautist/conductors Andy Panayi, Gareth Lockrane, Casey Greene and Jan Steele  has been offering live performances and specialized workshops over the past year. Slated to appear in November at the London Jazz Festival, the project has also been expanding geographically; a second ensemble has formed in the Liverpool area directed by Phil Shotton and Tom Sykes, and plans are in place for a third group to begin operating in the UK’s second city Birmingham.

Through his publishing company Harmonia Books & Music, Dr. Westbrook is collecting and publishing compositions for  Jazz Flute Ensemble written by leading arrangers world-wide. Educational programs for college and school levels are also being developed.

Saturday’s workshop was led by Andy Panayi and took place at the Vibe’s new facility in central London. See further details by clicking here JAZZ FLUTE WORKSHOP 15 OCT REV POSTER

At the same time, a second and very contrasting workshop took place at The Vibe.

Baroque flutist Leela Breithaupt presented her class Go Baroque! Historically Informed Performance for the Modern Flautist.

Leela-Headshot.1mb.2015Leela has appeared in the United States, Europe and Asia in solo and chamber settings. She has been lauded for her “great dexterity and extraordinary talent” (Norddeutsche Rundschau) and is currently recording a series of CD projects of French Baroque orchestral music with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Barthold Kuijken. Ms. Breithaupt works as an active liaison between modern flute and traverso through her articles for Flute Talk magazine, and teaching Go Baroque masterclasses on Historically Informed Performance for Modern Flute, most recently at the 2015 National Flute Association convention. As a founding member of Les Ordinaires Baroque trio, she received a 2015 Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant toward making a CD, Inner Chambers – Royal Court Music of Louis XIV. Ms. Breithaupt has appeared with the Berlin Symphony, Berlin Capella, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra where she performs regularly. She has been broadcast on Deutschland Radio and National Public Radio’s Performance Today and has premiered works by Sukhi Kang and Michael Hersch. See: www.leelabreithaupt.com

More information can about the workshop can be seen at Leela-Flyer

Video from the workshop will appear at Flute Journal after editing. Printed workshop materials can be downloaded here: GoBaroque.TheVibeLondon.2016

See: http://www.saxwindbrass.com/the-vibe


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