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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