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Flute Days! – Southgate (North London) 2020

An inspirational Flute Day for players of all ages and abilities.


The Flute Days! UK tour stops off in Southgate, North London, on Sunday 19th January. Joss Campbell and Mel Orriss will be bringing the big flutes, a great selection of music, brand new exercises and warm-ups, and a whole load of enthusiasm to guarantee a lively and exciting day of music making!

Wonderful Winds | Flute Days! – Southgate 2020

What the days entail

Warm-ups

Get your flute bodies and brains ready for the day - work on posture, sound and technique in our new warm up sessions.

Q&A Session

Your chance to ask for tips on any problems you may have with your playing.

Meet the Big Flutes

Have a go on the other members of the flute family.

Massed Flute Choir

An unforgettable sound! Music will be sent out in advance for you to have a look at.

Smaller Groups/Sectional Rehearsals

Explore new pieces and get help on the massed flute choir pieces.

Informal Concert

For friends and family. Free entry, 5pm.

Just Flutes Travelling Showroom

Wonderful Winds Pop-up Shop

Flute Days! Timetable

Sunday 19th January 2020 - 10am - 6pm

Monkfrith School, 49 Knoll Drive, Southgate, London N14 5NG

For novices, intermediate players, rusty returners, through to more confident and advanced players (Approx. Grade 1-Diploma)

Flute Days! – Southgate 2020

If you play the flute this event is for you!

The fun starts with our ice-breaking body and brain warm-ups, and continues with coaching on fundamental flute techniques, including a chance to quiz Joss and Mel on anything flute related! You can then get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the larger members of the flute family, and experience the joy of playing in a full Flute Choir. Music for these pieces, together with all the information you'll need is sent out prior to the event in your Player's Pack.

The afternoon’s activities include playing new pieces in slightly smaller groups, with coaching from Joss and Mel, and sectional rehearsals where you can get some help on any tricky bits of the massed choir music.

The free informal concert at the end of the day gives friends and family the chance to hear the results of your work.

The fabulous Just Flutes travelling showroom will be joining us with lots of gorgeous flutes and accessories, and the Wonderful Winds shop will be popping up too!

Wonderful Winds | Flute Days! – Southgate 2020

Book your place

Prices Adults: £40.00 (£35.00 Early-birds)

Under 18s: £30.00 (£25.00 Early-birds)

Book by 20th December for an early-bird discount! Booking closes on 5th January.

Booking forms

Adult Booking Form

Under 18 Booking Form

Terms & Conditions

Special offer for teachers

If two or more of your pupils attend, you can come along too at the Under 18s price. Just tell us when you send in your form, and ask your pupils to add your name in the appropriate place on their forms.

Bursaries

We are offering two bursaries in the form of free places to two children under 18 who would be unable to attend the workshop due to financial constraints. If this is something you would like to apply for, please contact either Joss or Mel in complete confidence. Early application advised.

Completing the form

Why do I need to put my playing level?

This helps us to plan suitable music, so that you won’t feel out of your depth. Don't worry, we won't be testing anyone, and you don’t need to have taken any exams to join us!

I’ve never taken an exam; how do I judge my playing level?

Please Click here to see detailed guidelines for judging your approximate Grade. If you’re not sure please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

The booking form mentions C flutes and others, what are they?

For those new to the flute choir world, there are various sizes of flutes within the flute family. The most common of these is the C flute, the one most of us usually play on. If you own or play a piccolo, alto, bass (or contrabass!), please bring it; we promise you won't play it for the whole day unless you want to.

We will have a small number of these other flutes available to use on the day and some of you will have the opportunity to play them in the flute choir and ensemble rehearsals. Don't worry, you won't need to have played them before, and you don't need to transpose.

Player's Pack

Once booking closes, we’ll send you a Player's Pack containing music for the massed flute choir for you to practise, and all the information you will need for the day.

Have any Questions?

If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch. We are happy to help!

Mel Orriss: mail@wonderfulwinds.com 07817 703844

Joss Campbell: josscampbell@hotmail.com 07930 093564

Reviews

“So amazing to have this Wonderful Winds weekend on our doorstep. We'd definitely sign up again. Thanks for an amazingly well organised event."

"Thank you both so much for making the weekend such a lot of fun & so full of great advice, reminders & tips. Good luck with your days around the country. I'll look forward to the next Okehampton days."

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for the flute workshop on Saturday - my daughter had a whale of a time with the music and trying out different flutes - she also made 3 new friends which was a bonus! The concert was really impressive and had a lovely relaxed, creative feel about it. She is definitely up for more!"

‘I thought today was amazing!’ ‘I have learnt loads and really enjoyed myself. I wished it was longer and wanted to do day two as well.’ ‘Picked up some useful breathing tips – still learning after xx years!’ ‘Lovely atmosphere and nice bunch of people.’

‘Great leaders, really challenged me.’

Your Tutors

Joss Campbell

Joss Campbell was inspired to take up the flute at the age of five after hearing it played at her school speech day. Her father, a music teacher, brought her one home to try and she was hooked!

At the age of thirteen she made her solo London debut with The London Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart’s G Major Flute Concerto and later gained a scholarship to study at The Royal College of Music followed by further studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her flute playing has taken her all over the world as a soloist, an orchestral and chamber musician, a pit player in the West End and as an educator.

Joss is based in London where her teaching is in great demand. Her pupils regularly achieve success, gaining music scholarships to study at some of London’s most prestigious schools and winning prizes in various competitions, the most recent being 1st and 2nd place in Brent Music Service’s Junior Young Musician of the Year competition. She runs several flute choirs in and around London (including Brent Flute Choir, which she runs with fellow Flute Days! coach Mel Orriss), and has been asked to guest conduct at various others around the country.

Joss runs an annual residential course for adults at Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin, entitled The Complete Flautist. The course consists of four days of comprehensive flute study where participants are guided through all aspects of flute technique and have the opportunity to play their chosen repertoire in master classes with Joss and Benslow’s resident accompanist. The days are interspersed with small ensemble playing, guided by Joss, and massed flute choir sessions. Joss is a member of the flute quartet ‘Festive Flutes’. The quartet regularly perform and deliver flute choir workshops at Flute Conventions and educational establishments across the UK. They have recorded two albums and have severaltracks available for download from iTunes.

Playing Reviews

“...a natural presence. Her phrasing is rhapsodic…” Stephen Pettitt, The Times.

“…an attractive stylist with just as much subtlety as agility...” Gerald Larner, The Guardian.

“...extraordinarily gifted...” John Robert-Bhinn, Manchester Evening News.

Course and Workshop Reviews

“This course was inspirational and 3-4 weeks later I am still buzzing!”

“Joss is a brilliant tutor, one of the best!”

“... a very supportive tutor. Lots of useful tips”

“Joss lead the course with great style; approachable and energetic”

“Course delivered with lots of humour and enthusiasm”

Mel Orriss

Mel Orriss studied flute at Chetham’s School of Music and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Peter Lloyd and Kathryn Lukas. As a student she was a semi-finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year Competition and also toured with the European Community Orchestra.

In 1999 Mel swapped the hectic pace of life as a London musician for an equally hectic life as a musician in Devon. She now teaches flautists of all ages both privately and in some of the region’s schools, coaches flute ensembles and woodwind groups, and is the Assistant Conductor and Woodwind coach of the Devon Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras. Mel’s passion for arranging and composing led to her co-founding the music publishing company Wonderful Winds in 2010. The company has since built a global reputation for excellence, providing inspiring ensemble music for wind players of all levels worldwide, and its publications have been major prize winners in the National Flute Association (USA) Newly Published Music competition.

Major Commissions

2013 – Shaun Davey’s “The Relief of Derry Symphony” arranged for massed flute bands and soloists, Maiden City Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland.

2014 – “Towards the Blue Horizon” the central piece for The Big Flute Challenge world record, Belfast.

2015 – “Bonny at Morn” for The Big Flute Challenge, Belfast.

2016 – “1.7.16” for the Hamilton Flute Band’s Somme centenary performance, Derry.

Customer Reviews

“...a real joy. Their arrangements are interesting and well prepared, easy to read and very well presented with humour, goodwill and efficiency - a constant miracle.”
Atarah Ben-Tovim, MBE.

“Nobody could fail but to be delighted by all you do - great arrangements”
Liz Childs, Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy.

“I can truly say that you have transformed my working life!”
Liz Fife, Ex-principal Cor Anglais, Royal Opera House; Oboe teacher, Wells Cathedral School.

“The most brilliant arrangements for all abilities - witty, creative and super educational tools! I really don't know where I'd be without them!”
Louise Rayner, Director, Flute Salad and Flute Cocktail, Hampshire.

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