Welcome to the British Flute Society

The British Flute Society is Europe's oldest flute organisation and has a lot to offer its members. Pan, the Society's journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Every quarter Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.

Welcome from BFS Chair Malcolm Pollock

As the newly elected Chair of the British Flute Society it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the British Flute Society’s website. I do hope that you enjoy exploring the site and that you will find it a valuable resource. If you are a current member of the Society you will find information about how to log in to the members' area of the site to view recent issues of the BFS journal.

If you are not currently a member of the Society we hope that you would consider joining us, becoming part of a wide network of flute players based both in the UK and overseas. Members receive a range of benefits including the well-respected quarterly journal, Pan. We also run regular events for our members including the prestigious BFS-RAM Premier Flautist Series, our annual competitions for flute players under the age of 25 years, and the biennial BFS International Convention, as well as supporting regional events.

Whether or not you are a member you can contact us for further information about the society’s work, or to make comments and suggestions regarding the website. I look forward to meeting many of you during my time as Chair. 

Malcolm Pollock
Chair, British Flute Society

BFS Competitions Wed 17 February 2016

Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ

Wednesday 17th February 2016, 9:00am - 10:00pm

BFS School Performer Competition 2016

This competition includes two classes and is open to flute players aged 18 years and under on the day of the competition. Competitors should play a piece of their own choice and must not exceed the maximum time allowed for their class (see details below). The title of the piece must be submitted upon application. Competitors may perform on a piccolo, alto or bass flute if they prefer. An official accompanist is available and a short top and tail rehearsal will be arranged if time permits. There will be two classes:

A    For Competitors aged 13 years and under on the day of the competition
Approximate standard:     Grade 5 or above      

Performance duration:     up to 5 minutes
    
B    Competitors aged 14–18 years on the day of the competition
        Approximate standard:     Grade 7–8 or above
        Performance duration:    up to 7 minutes

At the end of each class, the adjudicator will lead a plenary session and prizes will be awarded. Written feedback and a certificate of attendance will be given to each competitor.

 

BFS Young Artist Competition 2016

For competitors aged 19–24 years on the day of the competition
Approximate standard:         Grade 8 or above
Performance duration:        up to 8 minutes

This competition is particularly suitable for those studying at a higher level. Competitors should play a piece of their own choice lasting no longer than 8 minutes and the title of the piece must be submitted upon application.  Competitors may perform on a piccolo, alto or bass flute if they prefer. An official accompanist will be provided with time allotted for short rehearsal. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the class. Written feedback and a certificate of attendance will be given to each competitor.

General Information
Closing date for entries: 18 January 2016
Book early to avoid disappointment

Due to space and time restrictions, entries are limited and will be accepted in the order that they are received on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. The BFS reserves the right to refuse further entries before the deadline once capacity has been reached.  

Class times are largely dependent upon the number of entries but we anticipate that Class A will begin at 9.00 am (Class A rehearsals will begin at approximately 8.30 am). The Young Artist Competition is likely to begin at approximately 4 pm with rehearsals scheduled during the afternoon.  Schedules and further information will be sent out by email to all competitors after the closing date. Check the BFS website for up-to-date information: www.bfs.org.uk.

18 January 2016 - update

We have received an excellent response to this year’s competitions and have now reached capacity. Online booking is now closed but it may be possible to operate a waiting list; please contact Anna Munks for further information. 

 

Click here to book online

Click here to download a leaflet and printable booking form

Click here for information about prizes

Click here for competition rules