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Announcing our AGM with Q&A and performance from Philippa Davies and Eliza Marshall

We’re so excited to be hosting the brilliant Eliza Marshall and Philippa Davies for a performance and Q&A at our AGM on June 30!

Currently principal flute for the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Eliza Marshall has performed with orchestras, on numerous albums and on film soundtracks such as Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby and Sherlock Holmes. She’s also travelled the world performing with artists such as Peter Gabriel, and recorded five acclaimed albums with her alt-folk band Ranagri.

A virtuoso flautist and regular Proms soloist, Philippa Davies gives recitals and broadcasts across the world. Passionate about chamber music, she is a regular guest principal flute with London orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Mozart's entire original concertos and quartets, and she is also Professor at the Guildhall School of Music.

They'll be performing with painist Richard Shaw, who is staff accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music and has also recorded numerous albums and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. For more on the three performers, see the full bios below.

We can’t wait to hear them perform and share their wisdom and advice!

 

The AGM will be at London's Royal Academy of Music from 2-6pm, and entry is free - we'd love to see you there!

Here's the full provisional schedule:

2pm - Trio performance by Alena Walentin, Lisa Nelsen and Jonathan Rimmer

followed by AGM

3.30pm - Flute choir rehearsal and performance

4.30pm - Solo performances with Philippa Davies and and Eliza Marshall, accompanied by Richard Shaw

5-6pm - Q&A with Philippa Davies and and Eliza Marshall


Full bios

Eliza Marshall

Since graduating from The Royal Academy of Music where she studied under Michael Cox, Eliza's career has been as diverse as her musical tastes. Growing up listening to the great Russian Composers, whilst also enjoying Paul Simon and Baka Beyond, Eliza has carved a niche for herself as a cross-genre player, enjoying performing with orchestras, on film soundtracks, numerous albums and at her current chair at The Lyceum Theatre in London for The Lion King.

Featuring her unique Indian bansuri playing, she appeared in 2014 for the World Premiere of Joby Talbot's ballet “The Winter's Tale”, as the onstage soloist at The Royal Opera House with The Royal Ballet. Commercial work involves recording principal flute on numerous orchestral film scores and albums, on soundtracks for the likes of Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson, such as The Lord Of The Rings, Prometheus, Kung Fu Panda, The Great Gatsby, Robin Hood, and Sherlock Holmes, and she regularly appears as a soloist on flutes, ethnic flutes and whistles for films, video games and television at Abbey Road and Air Studios.

A great lover of travel, performances with Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra have taken Eliza all over Europe, North and South America, and tours with sarod guru Amjad Ali Khan and Britten Sinfonia have seen her play throughout India. Eliza founded alt folk band Ranagri in 2013, since then they have recorded five highly acclaimed albums, performed at major folk festivals including Cambridge, at Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Union Chapel, and appeared on radio stations all over the UK including The Terry Wogan Show in 2014. They have worked with top Indian gurus at The Bhavan Centre London, with tabla legend Kuljit Bhamra MBE, and recorded The Great Irish Songbook with Pop Icon Tony Christie.

Eliza has a deep love for crossing boundaries and bringing together musicians and music from all over the world - she believes strongly in the binding qualities that cross-cultural music-making has to offer. 

Philippa Davies

Philippa Davies

Philippa is not only a regular soloist at the Proms, but has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing; a‘first-rate virtuoso,’ with ‘exceptional eloquence’ she has been noted for an ‘almost electrical response to technique’. She gives recitals and broadcasts throughout the world and has performed concertos in the UK, Europe and North and South America with such orchestras as the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Chamber music has always been her passion and she is a member of the Nash Ensemble, London Winds, has a duo with Jan Willem Nelleke, piano and with Maggie Cole, harpsichord. Originally Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of GB, Philippa went on to train at the Royal College of Music with Douglas Whittaker and later William Bennett and won many awards.Now she is a regular guest principal flute with London orchestras:the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the BBC symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Her current schedule includes many world premières and numerous distinguished composers have dedicated works specifically to her; she plays the premiere of Judith Weir’s flute quartet in Cheltenham festival this July. 

Philippa’s numerous recordings include Mozart's entire original concertos and quartets, the Romance of the Flute and Harp with Thelma Owen, Bach Flute Sonatas with Maggie Cole, Poulenc's Flute sonata and the complete flute music of William Alwyn including his flute concerto and sonata.

Philippa has become extremely involved with improvisation over the last 3 years and has taken part in Improvisation Projects in Den Haag, Tallinn and ICON. She is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and each summer runs her own International Flute Course at Benslow, UK and in Cubertou, France. She is also a Licensed Andover Educator teaching the Art of Movement in Music.

Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw

Pianist Richard Shaw specialises in chamber music and accompaniment. In the last few years his many broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 include duo performances with violinists such as James Ehnes, Viviane Hagner, Leonidas Kavakos, So-Ock Kim, Pekka Kuusisto, Vadim Repin, Ittai Shapira and Nikolaj Znaider, cellists Matthew Barley, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Richard Harwood and Li Wei, Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Martin Fröst (clarinet) and singers Nicole Cabelle, Jennifer Smith, Ailish Tynan, Alice Coote, Ruby Philogene, Jean Rigby, AnnaLarsson, Robin Blaze, Michael Chance, Paul Agnew, Hal Cazalet, Kurt Streit, Matthew Rose, Jonathan Veira and Robert Pomakov.

He is staff accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music and assists the legendary Ludmilla Andrew’s Russian song and aria class at the Academy. He is currently writing a biography of the distinguished Russian mezzo soprano, Maria Karinskaya (1882-1942), following his discovery of an unknown 400-page Russian manuscript based on Karinskaya’s lost memoirs. His music album, Malcolm Arnold: Songs and Arias, is published by Novello & Co/Music Sales shortly.

His recent CDs for the Deux-Elles label include music by the great French flautist Phillipe Gaubert, with Kathryn Thomas (flute), the chamber works and piano solos of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, ‘Piper’s Dream’ (with Ensemble Lumière) featuring the piano solos,flute and chamber works of Cecilia McDowall, and ‘Fauré and his circle’. He has recorded many CDs for Cramer Music and for the ABRSM.

Posted 3rd June 2019, 12:46am

New membership benefit - £50 off Open College of the Arts courses!

The BFS are delighted to have teamed up with the Open College of the Arts to offer a £50 discount on enrolments to BFS members.

The OCA is a non-profit educational charity which offers flexible distance learning Arts degree programmes, which you can start at any time and work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Courses can be studied towards a Higher Education qualification or for personal development. Students are guided by specialist one-to-one tutors and the college is affiliated to the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) which validates their degree programmes.

The OCA’s Music provision includes an Open Foundation course which prepares students for degree level study. The BA(Hons) Music degree is open to anyone with Grade 5 theory—no other qualifications are required. The course provides a unique opportunity for students to fufill their creative potential through a dedicated focus on composition, orchestration or practice-based musicology for the final year portfolio. The new level two (HE5) Orchestration and Arrangement course includes an opportunity to arrange for flute choir, and the forthcoming Instruments and Repertoire course will, as well as covering other topics, provide an opportunity to explore the history of the flute and its repertoire. Performers can take part in the OCA’s New Music Collective, a group which explores cross-curricular collaboration, improvisation and more exploratory aspects of new music performance.

In addition to Music, the range of Higher Education courses on offer includes BA(Hons) courses in Photography, Painting, Drawing, Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Creative Writing, Garden Design, Visual Communications, Textiles, Interior Design and Moving Image, in addition to an award- winning online MA Fine Art course. The BA(Hons) Creative Arts degree allows students to combine two disciplines of their choice.

The OCA provides an ideal opportunity to pursue your individual interests and develop your creative voice across one or more disciplines. Students come from all walks of life, including many who already have degrees in other subjects, with an age range from late teens to nineties, and the flexible approach to learning means that degree level study can be combined with full time work.

To see the full list of membership benefits and join the BFS, click here. Find more information about the OCA at www.oca.ac.uk.

Posted 2nd April 2019, 5:18pm

Malcolm Pollock steps down as BFS Chair

It’s with sadness that we report that Malcolm Pollock has ended his term as Chair and member of the BFS Council due to health issues. Malcolm was Chair for three and a half years, but has been involved with the BFS since its earliest days - becoming the Society’s first Education Representative when it was founded in 1982. Over the years, he has held a variety of roles, while also championing music outside the BFS through a career in music services, as well as playing, conducting and teaching. The author of the popular Abracadabra Flute Book, in recent years Malcolm has also taken on the roles of event photographer and representative of the European Flute Council.

In the latest issue of Pan, we chat to Malcolm about his time at the BFS, his life in music and the challenges facing the 21st-century musician. Below are a selection of his answers - BFS members can read the full Q&A here.

 Malcolm Pollock

What achievements are you most proud of from your tenure?

I think we understand our financial position much better now than we used to and I think we are better at asking the right strategic questions about where we go from here. I have been immensely proud of our two festivals in 2016 and 2018 at St John’s Smith Square: truly amazing showcases of the some of the best flute playing in the world today. Our annual competitions for young players always impress me and the top-quality adjudicators we manage to attract every year add so much value to the occasion.


How did your involvement with the BFS begin?

Trevor Wye encouraged me to attend the meeting at the Boosey and Hawkes factory in Edgware in 1982 when the society was founded and I became the first education representative on the Council. The first Chair was Christopher Hyde-Smith and John Francis was the first Secretary: we used to go to his house for meetings.


You are perhaps best known as the author of the Abracadabra Flute Book – can you tell us a bit about your career and involvement with music education?

I have spent my whole professional career working in music education in the state sector. ‘Abracadabra’ was published in 1990 and was really the result of a chance encounter with the then music editor at A&C Black. I’m very pleased (and pleasantly surprised) that the book is still so well used after all this time!

Apart from a short spell as Head of Music in a secondary school I have worked exclusively with music services (in Manchester, London, Buckinghamshire and Gloucestershire), and the majority of this time was spent in management positions. In Gloucestershire I was head of the Music Service and involved for much of that time with the Federation of Music Services regionally and nationally. I’ve done a lot of conducting of youth orchestras, and a lot of orchestral playing in amateur and semi-professional groups, in addition to teaching the flute of course.


What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the 21st century musician?

Where do I start?! The new century is so challenging in so many different ways. The internet has changed our lives fundamentally, and it is getting harder and harder to earn a living performing music. People expect to access music for free and have no interest in the work which goes into producing the finished product. Spotify pays a maximum of $0.0084 per play to the holders of music rights (split between the record label, producers, musicians, songwriters etc.) Live music performances which make any real money for the performers are rare (with some notable exceptions including geriatric rock groups who became famous in the 1960s!)  So musicians have to be clever and versatile to survive.

In the Classical music world, we have fewer opportunities for musicians to make a living solely out of performing. To obtain a position in an orchestra as a wind player for instance has always been challenging: in the 21st century it is even harder. Some conservatoires are offering effective support to their students as to how to become more employable, some are not. There is a need to diversify your portfolio of skills, use social media effectively, and not be too restrictive and selective about what you want to do with your life.

Every musician, whether professional or amateur, whether teaching or playing, has to be an ambassador for the power of music, its potential to change lives.


The Council would like to extend their warm thanks to Malcolm for his tireless work over the last three and a half years.


Posted 21st March 2019, 11:54am

Are you interested in joining the BFS Council?

We would love to hear from any members interested in joining the BFS Council! 
To apply please contact secretary@bfs.org.uk for more details and to receive a nomination form.

Posted 19th March 2019, 2:00pm

Announcing the new issue of our journal Pan!

The new issue of Pan, our triannual members' journal, is out now! It's jam-packed with flute news, events and reviews, updates from the BFS community (including our Competitions 2019 results!), and a variety of articles exploring topics like the origin of the B♭ key, colourful American composer Michael Kallstrom, setting up a flute choir, and playing with dyslexia - plus much more!

Pan (formerly Flute) is the British Flute Society's lavishly-printed, full-colour journal. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, reviews of new music, books and recordings, and contains articles by the world's most knowledgeable writers on the flute and its history, on flute music and on flute players.

PAN is free to members of the BFS. To receive the magazine, as well as other perks such as exclusive resources and discounts with retailers and on instrument insurance, join us here - membership starts at just £20 a year. 

See what's inside the new issue - or log on to download and read a digital version - by clicking here.


Happy reading!


Pan Journal, March 2019

Posted 10th March 2019, 2:46pm

BFS Seeks Legal Adviser

The British Flute Society are inviting applications for the position of Legal Adviser. This role would suit a candidate with a love of music who is seeking to undertake some rewarding charity work within the BFS family. The Legal Adviser will tender legal and procedural advice, and as necessary, to the Council members and the Secretary on the governance of the Society. The British Flute Society’s Legal Adviser is a Council member and trustee, therefore is an unpaid position.


The successful candidate would have recent experience in legal practice. Experience and knowledge of charity law is desirable although not essential. The Legal Adviser will be expected to keep up to date with latest Charity Commission developments and ensure that Council members comply with their constitutional and legal responsibilities.

 

Discrete tasks include:

1. the completion and timely submission of the Charity's Annual Return to the Charity Commission. 
2. the drafting and revision of contracts for services. 
3. the provision of legal advice in relation to event management. 
4. assisting the Secretary with the planning and management of the Annual General Meeting.

The British Flute Society, Registered Charity Number: 1178279

www.bfs.org.uk

 

Please apply with a letter of application and CV to: secretary@bfs.org.uk

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

 

Posted 23rd February 2019, 10:47am

BFS Competitions 2019 - prize winners

We were delighted to hear so many wonderful flute players at the BFS Competitions on 20th February 2019. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to the parents, teachers, friends and family, and audience members who supported the flautists.

Many thanks to our adjudicators - Lisa Nelsen, Alena Walentin, Jonathan Rimmer and Ileana Ruhemann - and accompanists - Juliet Edwards and Richard Shaw - for all their hard work, and to the BFS helpers who helped the day run so smoothly. 

Congratulations to our prize winners:

BFS School Performer 2019

BFS School Performer winners Josie Wakefield, Eva Barkova, Joseph Geary, Isaac Skey and Lucy Barrett, with judges Lisa Nelsen and Alena Walentin

First Prize: Lucy Barrett
Just Flutes £100 voucher, Yamaha metronome, tuner & flute mat, Beaumont Music cloth, BFS School Performer First Prize Medal.
Second Prize: Isaac Skey
Wonderful Winds £50 voucher, Beaumont Music cloth, BFS School Performer Second Prize Medal.
Third Prize: Joseph Geary
Beaumont Music flute case, Beaumont Music cloth, BFS School Performer Third Prize Medal.
BFS School Performer Merit Medals: Eva Barkova, Josie Wakefield

BFS Young Performer 2019

BFS Young Performer winners Daisy Noton, Sandra Siudak, Alanagh Bohan, Cliodhna Scott, Daniel Pengelly, Ola Salamon and Sofiia Matviienko, with judges Lisa Nelsen and Alena Walentin

First Prize: Sofiia Matviienko
Pearl Flutes PFP-105E piccolo, Beaumont Music swab, BFS Young Performer First Prize Medal.
Second Prize: Ola Salamon
Top Wind £75 voucher, Beaumont Music swab, BFS Young Performer Second Prize Medal.
Third Prize: Daniel Pengelly
June Emerson £50 voucher, Beaumont Music swab, BFS Young Performer Third Prize Medal.
BFS Young Performer Merit Medals: Cliodhna Scott, Alanagh Bohan
Special Mentions: Daisy Noton, Sandra Siudak

BFS Young Artist 2019

BFS Young Artist winner Epsie Thomson, with Tim Bingham of Just Flutes accpepting the Wm S Haynes Amadeus Alto Flute on behalf of winner Jack Reddick. Pictured with judges Ileana Ruhemann and Jonathan Rimmer

First Prize: Jack Reddick
Haynes Amadeus alto flute, Beaumont Music cloth & swab, BFS Young Artist First Prize Medal.
Second Prize: Elise Fairbairn
Just Flutes £250 voucher, Beaumont Music cloth & swab, BFS Young Artist Second Prize Medal.
Third Prize: Epsie Thompson
All Flutes Plus £100 voucher, Beaumont Music cloth & swab, BFS Young Artist Third Prize Medal.
Special Mentions: Hannah Foster, Daniel Jacob-Ormson, Lucy Driver, Federico Paixao, Katharina Martini, Meadhbh O'Rourke.

The BFS would like to thank all our prize sponsors for their generous support.
Look out for further reports and photos from the competitions online and in Pan magazine!

Posted 21st February 2019, 10:05am

Prizes announced for BFS Competitions 2019

We're delighted to have secured a fantastic range of prizes for our Competitions winners. The BFS would like to thank all our prize sponsors for their most generous support.

BFS School Performer 2019

First Prize:
· Just Flutes Prize: £100 voucher
· Yamaha Prize: metronome, tuner and flute mat
· BFS School Performer First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

Second Prize:
· Wonderful Winds Prize: £50 voucher
· BFS School Performer Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

Third Prize:
· Beaumont Music Prize: Flute case
· BFS School Performer Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music small microfiber polishing cloth

BFS Merit Medals: two BFS School Performer Merit Medals will be awarded.


BFS Young Performer 2019

First Prize:
· Pearl Flutes Prize: PFP-105E Piccolo
· BFS Young Performer First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

Second Prize:
· Top Wind Prize: £75 voucher
· BFS Young Performer Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

Third Prize:
· June Emerson Wind: £50 voucher
· BFS Young Performer Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music Bamboo flute swab

BFS Merit Medals: Two BFS Young Performer Merit Medals will be awarded.


BFS Young Artist 2019

First Prize:
· Haynes Prize: Amadeus Alto Flute
· BFS Young Artist First Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth and swab

Second Prize:
· Just Flutes Prize: £250 voucher
· BFS Young Artist Second Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth

Third Prize:
· All Flutes Plus Prize: £75 voucher
· BFS Young Artist Third Prize Medal
· Beaumont Music large microfiber polishing cloth

The Competitions will take place on Wednesday 20th February 2019, from 9am to 9pm, with applications open until 22 January 2019 - spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! Find full details of the event, and how to apply, here

 BFS Young Performer prizewinners Ruby Howells, Anna Rhodes, Daisy Noton, Pooja Low and Cliodhna Scott

BFS Competitions 2018 Young Performer prizewinners Ruby Howells, Anna Rhodes, Daisy Noton, Pooja Low and Cliodhna Scott

Posted 4th January 2019, 4:57pm

Adjudicators announced for BFS Competitions 2019

We're delighted to announced the adjudicators for the BFS Competitions 2019:

BFS School Performer and BFS Young Performer: Lisa Nelsen and Alena Walentin

BFS Young Artist: Ileana Ruhemann and Jonathan Rimmer

The yearly event will take place on Wednesday 20th February 2019, from 9am to 9pm, with applications open until 22 January 2019 - spaces are limited, so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment! Find full details of the event here


ABOUT THE ADJUDICATORS

Lisa Nelsen

Described by The Times as ‘a flautist and a half’, Lisa Nelsen is internationally recognised for her versatility as a flute soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, educator and mentor in performance practices. She grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada, and fed on all kinds of music, from opera to rock to jazz. Her flute and harp duo with Eleanor Turner, Aquilae, has performed to packed audiences across the UK. She is a member of Continuum Ensemble in London; The Harborough Collective, a chamber ensemble led by internationally acclaimed violinist David Le Page; and most recently formed a trio with cellist Julian Metzger and pianist Paul Turner in Enigma14.

Lisa gives concerts and masterclasses in venues across the UK, Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong and is a Professor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music in London, teaching flute and coaching wind chamber groups and the orchestral winds. Lisa was the Specialist Flute Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for more than 15 years, and is a BFS Council member. Lisa is an artist for Yamaha Classical Division International playing a 14k 900series flute.

Lisa Nelsen

 

Alena Walentin

Alena Walentin is a concert flautist, an Altus Artist, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yeomen Artist of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She is a recipient of numerous prizes such as 1st prizes at the British Flute Society’s Competitions, International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” and Royal Academy of Music flute competition. She has also won several prestigious awards including the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award and the “Wolfson Foundation Award”. In 2014 Alena became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music receiving an honorary award for her contribution to music.

Alena teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Royal Academy of Music, City University of London and at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her orchestral playing includes appearances as a Principal flute with the Royal Opera House,The Hallé Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and many others, and she has given solo and chamber recitals across the world and is signed with an International music agency Granvig Artists.

Alena Walentin

 

Ileana Ruhemann

Ileana was educated at the Purcell School and studied the flute with Judith Pearce. She became principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra and won an instrumental exhibition at Cambridge University, where she read Music. On graduating, she won the only place open to foreign flautists at the Paris Conservatoire in 1983 and studied there with Alain Marion and Raymond  Guiot. She was also awarded scholarships by the French Government, Munster Trust, Martin Fund, and Ian Fleming Charitable Trust. She won the prestigious National Federation of Music Societies' Award for young concert artists, appeared in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series, and was chosen to join the Live Music Now scheme.

Ileana has been Principal Flute of the BBC Concert Orchestra since 1989, a position she has combined with a career as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of the leading chamber ensemble Capricorn and continues to play as a member of  the ensembles Jeux, Fibonaci and Gemini. She has given solo recitals for BBC Radio 2 and 3 and has made many appearances as concerto soloist on the South Bank and at St John's, Smith Square. She has played as guest Principal Flute in most orchestras in the UK. Ileana has had works written for her by composers ranging from Stanley Black to John Tavener.

Ileana Ruhemann

 

Jonathan Rimmer

Jonathan Rimmer studied at the RNCM, was a finalist in the Shell LSO Competition and in 1990 won the woodwind section of BBC Young Musician of the Year. As a soloist he has toured twice with the European Community Chamber Orchestra and in America at venues such as the Lincoln Centre, Time Warner Centre and the United Nations, New York. He has performed in many festivals including City of London Festival, Chichester Festival, and extensively throughout the UK.

Jonathan is a founder member and Principal flute with the groundbreaking Ensemble Cymru with whom he has worked for nearly twenty years, during which time he has premiered many new works and been closely involved with furthering the Ensemble’s position as the leading light of Welsh chamber music. Jonathan has broadcast for national radio and television and toured the Middle East, USA, and Mexico where he was also invited to be tutor at the Mexican International Flute Festival. Jonathan is in great demand as a teacher with posts including Birmingham Conservatoire, Bangor University, and Junior RNCM. He is a BFS Council member.

Jonathan Rimmer

 

**Adjudicators subject to change

Posted 26th November 2018, 5:36pm

Applications Invited for the Position of Legal Adviser of the BFS

The British Flute Society, a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 326473), seeks a suitably qualified Legal Adviser. The Legal Adviser, who is also a Council member of the British Flute Society, tenders legal and procedural advice, as necessary, to the Council members and the Secretary on the governance of the Society. This is an unpaid position as the Legal Adviser is also a charity trustee.

Vacancy deadline: 30th April 2018


The successful candidate would have recent experience in legal practice. Experience and knowledge of charity law is desirable although not essential. The Legal Adviser will be expected to keep up to date with latest Charity Commission developments and ensure that Council members comply with their constitutional and legal responsibilities.

The British Flute Society’s objects are to advance the education of the public in the art and science of music and in particular flute playing in all its aspects. We do this by celebrating the flute and flute playing at international conventions, recitals and competitions. We support the quality of flute teaching nationally through professional development opportunities and have a strategic link with the commercial world via the Association of Flute Traders. We have an international profile thanks to our conventions, networking and our highly respected journal "Pan".

Discrete tasks include:

1. the completion and timely submission of the Charity's Annual Return to the Charity Commission. 
2. the drafting and revision of contracts for services. 
3. the provision of legal advice in relation to event management. 
4. assisting the Secretary with the planning and management of the Annual General Meeting.

www.bfs.org.uk

Please apply with a letter of application and CV to Malcolm Pollock (Chair of The British Flute Society): malcolm.pollock@hotmail.co.uk

Vacancy deadline: 30th April 2018


Posted 26th March 2018, 2:03pm

Secretary and Editor of PAN Announced

A statement from Malcolm Pollock, Chair:

 "I am delighted to announce that Vicky Yannoula has been appointed Secretary to the British Flute Society, replacing Anna Munks who left us a few months ago. In addition we have also appointed Carla Rees as the new Editor of Pan magazine. Both are highly experienced and enthusiastic professionals, and I look forward to working with them and the rest of the team in developing the work of the British Flute Society."

Posted 26th November 2017, 12:35pm

Applications Invited for the Position of BFS Secretary

THE BRITISH FLUTE SOCIETY

 SECRETARY

 Fee: £18.75 per hour

Approximately 10 hours per week but more during busy periods

The British Flute Society invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the position of Secretary to the British Flute Society (BFS).

Working with members of the Council (unpaid trustees) the successful candidate will take responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the society including general correspondence, event co-ordination and organising meetings. The Secretary also handles the production of the Society’s promotional material including brochures, advertisements and leaflets.

For further information about the British Flute Society please visit www.bfs.org.uk. For a full Job Description and Person Specification please contact the Chair of the BFS, malcolm.pollock@hotmail.co.uk.

Please apply by email with a full CV and the names and contact details of 2 referees to the same address.

The closing date for applications is 18th October 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during the week beginning 23rd October 2017.

 

Posted 19th September 2017, 7:31pm

Applications Invited for the Position of Editor, "Pan" Magazine

THE BRITISH FLUTE SOCIETY

 EDITOR, “PAN” MAGAZINE

 Fee: £3500 per issue inclusive of expenses

The British Flute Society invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the position of editor of its journal “Pan”. The successful candidate will have had previous successful editorial experience and should possess a wide knowledge of and interest in the flute world.

The journal is published three times a year and is read by members of the British Flute Society worldwide. It is seen as a key member benefit and produced to a high standard. For more information about the British Flute Society’s work please visit our website at www.bfs.org.uk.

For a full Job Description and Person Specification please contact the Chair of the BFS, malcolm.pollock@hotmail.co.uk.

Please apply by email with a full CV and the names and contact details of 2 referees to the same address.

The closing date for applications is 18th October 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week beginning 23rd October 2017.

 

Posted 19th September 2017, 7:30pm

Researching Lamond Clelland

The Malcolm Arnold Society are researching Lamond Clelland, the flautist and piccolo player with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the fifties. They would be very pleased to hear from any BFS members who might have a memory or photo of him  (a former pupil for instance?).

Please contact alan@malcolmarnoldsociety.co.uk with any information.

Posted 4th June 2017, 4:11pm

BFS Competition Winners 2017

 

Posted 21st April 2017, 2:39pm

Francesca Hanley

We are very sorry to hear that Francesca Hanley passed away on Sunday night after some years fighting cancer.  She studied with Philippa Davies at the Guildhall and was latterly head of Woodwind at CYM before working in the Musicians Union in their education department. She was 53.

It is likely that her funeral will be held soon and for further information please contact Simon Allen:

www.simonallen.co.uk

 

 

Posted 19th January 2017, 3:19pm

Looking for 2 missing flute pieces

Dear colleagues,

I am seeking the following two pieces, which various searches on COPAC and Worldcat have failed to find.

Grandaur, Franz: Sérénade mauresque, flute and piano, London c. 1860 (in Flute Player’s Journal, second series no. 7, by Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co)

Sauvlet, Antoine: Souvenir de la Volga, flute and piano, [St. Petersburg?] c. 1870

Any clues as to holding libraries will be very gratefully received.

Kind regards,

Kathy

Kathryn Adamson HonFRAM

Librarian

Royal Academy of Music, 

k.adamson@ram.ac.uk

 

Posted 17th December 2016, 10:02am

New BFS Membership Secretary Needed

The British Flute Society Needs You!

New Membership Secretary needed

We are looking for a new Membership Secretary to replace Nicola Thompson who will be stepping down from the Council after six years in the role. We are deeply grateful to Nicola for all her hard work for the Society.

The Membership Secretary is a trustee of the Society and member of the BFS Council. Responsibilities will be shared with two other members of the BFS Council and include:

  • processing membership subscriptions and maintaining the membership database;
  • sending out renewal notices and reminders to lapsed members;
  • handling enquiries from prospective and current members regarding their subscription;
  • helping to promote the Society to new members in liaison with the BFS Council;
  • attending BFS Council meetings which are held roughly quarterly in London, usually on a Sunday afternoon.

For further information and a job description please contact BFS Secretary, Anna Munks

Secretary@bfs.org.uk

or visit www.bfs.org.uk

Posted 8th November 2016, 2:27pm

BFS Competitions Wednesday 17 February 2016

Many congratulations to all competitors who took part in the BFS competitions held on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London. It was a wonderful day and we enjoyed listening to 74 performances during the day.

We would also like to thank the adjudicators (BFS School Performer Competition 2016 Classes A and B: Kate Hill and Paul Edmund-Davies; BFS Young Artist Competition 2016: Julian Coward and Phillipa Davies), our amazing pianists, Richard Shaw and Jo Sealey, and all BFS council and helpers who ensured the day run smoothly.

For a full list of prize winners and prizes click here.

Posted 18th February 2016, 3:34pm

BFS Competitions Wednesday 18 February 2015

Many congratulations to all competitors who took part in the BFS competitions held on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London. It was a wonderful day and we enjoyed listening to nearly 70 performances during the day.

We would also like to thank the adjudicators (BFS School Performer Class A: Carole Jenner-Timms and Atarah Ben-Tovim; BFS School Performer Class B: Atarah Ben-Tovim and Patricia Morris; BFS Young Artist: Julian Coward and Phillipa Davies), our amazing pianists, Richard Shaw and Jo Sealey, and all BFS council and helpers who ensured the day run smoothly.

For a full list of prize winners and prizes click the image below.

 

Posted 19th February 2015, 10:00am

BFS Competitions 2014 - Prize Winners

The BFS would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the BFS competition on Wednesday 19 February 2014 at the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London. We would also like to thank the adjudicators for all their hard work, our amazing pianists, Richard Shaw and Jo Sealey, and all the helpers who made the day run smoothly. For a full list of prize winners and prizes click the image below.

 

Posted 20th February 2014, 11:19am

Congratulations to our competitions winners 2013!

The BFS would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the BFS competition on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at the Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London. We would also like to thank the adjudicators for all their hard work, our amazing pianists, Richard Shaw and Jo Sealey, and all the helpers who made the day run smoothly.

We would like to thank William S Haynes Co of Boston for contributing a headjoint which was given to the Class B first prize winner; Pearl Flutes for giving an alto flute as first prize for the Young Artist Competition; and also Wood Wind and Reed, June Emerson, All Flutes Plus, Trinity College London, Top Wind,  Just Flutes and Arcomis for generously contributing prizes for the event.

BFS School Performer Competition 2013

Class A (Grades 5-8) Prize Winners: First prize: Francesca Biescas Rue Second prize: Victoria Creighton Third prize: Gabrielle Mann BFS School Performer medals: Hannah Gillingham and Julie Davidsen

Class B (Grade 8+) Prize Winners: First prize: Jagoda Krzeminska Second prize: Meera Maharaj Third prize: Epsie Thompson BFS School Performer medals: Charlotte Perkins and Matthew Higham

 

BFS Young Artist Competition 2013 Prize Winners

First prize: Katherine Bateman Second prize: Dana Joras Third prize: Diego Aceña Moreno

In addition, the adjudicators, Paul Edmund-Davies and Siobhan Grealy, felt that the following competitors (in no particular order) had given something really very special on the day but were not ultimately prize winners:

Clara Kaschel, Luke O'Toole, Maria Chybowska, Sameeta Gahir, Lyndsey Bryden, Katherine Smith, Zoya Vyazovska, Yae Ram Park

Posted 25th March 2013, 2:13pm

Congratulations to our competitions winners!

The BFS would like to congratulate everyone who took part in last week's competitions. As always the standard of all entrants was very high and choosing the winners was a tall order for our judging panel. A special congratulations must go to the prize winners: Vytenis Gurstis, Daniel Shao and Matthew Higham. We'd also like to thank the judges for all their hard work and effort throughout the day, and all the helpers who made the day run smoothly.

BFS School Performer Competition 2012

Class A (Grades 5-8):
First prize:                                          Matthew Higham
Second prize:                                     Amy Aron-Muellbauer
Third prize:                                         Charlotte Perkins
BFS School Performer medals:         Victoria Creighton and Beth Stone
 

Class B (Grade 8+):
First prize:                                          Daniel Shao
Second prize:                                     Oliver Roberts
Third prize:                                         Grace Walker
BFS School Performer medals:         Jennifer Wheeler and Catherine Hare
Commended:                                     Amy Yule

BFS Young Artist Competition 2012

First prize:                                          Vytenis Gurstis
Second prize:                                     Kathryn Williams
Third prize:                                         Robert Looman
Highly commended:                           Helena Gourd and Chloe-Angharad Bradshaw

 

Posted 20th February 2012, 1:38pm