• Deadline for entries is TODAY TO THIS EXCITING NEW EVENT. Come and meet other flute players, workshop with some of the country’s most exciting and inspirational professional players, all for £25, amazing value due to generous sponsorship & Donations from OUTREACH and organisations such as JONATHAN MYALL MUSIC.

  •  Mike Cox, Gareth Davies, Katherine Bryan creative workshops with Mike Mower and much more!

  • Interested? Do contact us by the end of today and we will reserve you a place, pending receipt of your application before the morning of Wednesday 23 March

  • Remember that the FESTIVAL is open to ALL AGES. The COMPETITON is 7-19yrs.

  • We look forward to welcoming you to our New State of the Art facilities and Recital Hall here at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

  • Group discounts: free staff/accompanying adult ticket for every group of 10 students and a discount £15 ticket for  staff/accompanying adult for every group of 5 students .Entry to all events Friday evening and Saturday all day.

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Posted 22nd March 2016, 10:01am

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

Vacancy: Sales and Web Co-Ordinator at Just Flutes and Jonathan Myall Music

Sales and Web Co-Ordinator

Posted 3 December 2015

Just Flutes and Jonathan Myall Music are looking to employ a sales and web co-ordinator with a passion for music and the ability and enthusiasm to help our wide range of customers.

A position has just become available in our Croydon showroom for a permanent full-time Sales and Web Co-Ordinator.

Your personality, trustworthiness and initiative will be the key to your success and ability to forge a successful career with one of the most successful specialist retailers in the music industry.

Role specification
  • Sales of instruments and accessories
  • Creating and updating products and categories on our website
  • Processing and packing telephone and web orders
  • Booking in deliveries
  • Rotating and revitalising displays and cabinets
  • Occasional travel (mainly UK) will be required
  • The role is for five days a week, including Saturdays and occasional Sundays
Person specification

The successful candidate will be/have:

  • A woodwind player (ideally a flute player) with a passion for music
  • Outstanding customer facing skills
  • Organised, with excellent time management skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to quickly learn new skills and a large amount of product information
  • Comfortable working as part of a team
  • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in Excel and Word
  • Full UK driving license

Salary: competitive, negotiable depending upon experience.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date for applications: 22 December 2015.




Posted 11th December 2015, 12:41pm

Royal Conservatoire Scotland Juniors - Flute News

For the first time in as long as anyone can remember - or maybe the first time EVER - 3 flute players have been named as the winners of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire Concerto Competition!  This is an annual competition, open to any instrument across the junior conservatoire.

The following students have won the opportunity to perform with the Junior Conservatoire Orchestra, so there is a feast of flute concertos coming up:

  • Fiona Sweeney will play Malcolm Arnold
  • Stefan Cunningham will play Nielsen
  • Maja Person will play Ibert

The concertos will be performed in orchestral concerts over the next year, with dates to be released.  This is a remarkable achievement for all three students, congratulations to all!

Fiona and Maja study with Ruth Morley, Stefan studies with Sheena Gordon.  Team flute - v. happy! :-)

Marysia Williamson

BFS Local Area Representative for Scotland

Posted 4th December 2015, 11:01am

Call for flautists to participate in PhD research study

Dear flautists

My name is Sarah Sauve, I am a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London and I study music psychology (flute is also my second instrument!).  I am currently looking for violin and flute players for a study of mine that investigates the effects of musical training on timbre perception. The idea is that if you have played an instrument for a long time, you become more sensitive to it and can pick it out more easily in a mix.

This is an online study that should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.  The task is to detect mistuned notes in melodies.  Finally, there are two £15 Amazon vouchers up for grabs through a draw (out of 20 participants).

Please follow this link to participate, and contact me with any questions at

Thank you, and take care,


Posted 1st September 2015, 5:20pm

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

Review of ABRSM’s Woodwind Syllabus: scale requirements

Review of ABRSM’s Woodwind Syllabus: scale requirements

Message from ABRSM:

ABRSM is reviewing the scale requirements for the woodwind syllabus as part of our ongoing programme of improvement. 

We would like to invite woodwind teachers to participate in this process by giving us feedback on some draft proposals. These proposals are designed to enhance the experience for woodwind teachers and candidates, as well as assisting with the examining process. 

Participants will be asked to consider the proposals and will be emailed a link to documents that describes them in detail. Once they’ve had a chance to consider them they will be asked to respond to an online questionnaire by January.  If you would like to contribute, please send an email to by 15 December 2014, confirming the name of the instrument that you teach. 

We hope to implement the revised requirements from 2018, and any changes to the syllabus would be announced in plenty of time to allow teachers and candidates to familiarise themselves with the new requirements.

Posted 14th November 2014, 8:52am

Maxence Larrieu 80th Birthday Concert and the first Conference of European Flute Associations (24th-26th October 2014, Nice)

Maxence Larrieu celebrated his 80th birthday with a concert at the Conservatoire de Nice on 24th October.  A legendary player and teacher, Maxence was closely associated with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, and together they formed the “Ecole du Sud”, having all studied with Joseph Rampal at the Conservatoire de Marseille.

Joining him were many of his most distinguished ex pupils, including Gretchen Pusch, Sibel Pensel, Jürgen Franz, Salvatori Lombardi, Davide Formisano, Qiling Chen, Giuseppe Nova, Marc Fournel, Pierre Marcoul, José-Daniel Castellon and Raphaelle Truchot-Barraya, and we also heard solo performances from Pierre-Yves Artaud and Geneviève Amar.

Maxence was also supported by pianist Emmanuelle Orsaud-Cecchetti, a string trio for a Mozart flute quartet movement, and the excellent flute orchestra “Les Flûtes d’Azur”, featuring the most talented flute students from the region and run by the local flute association “A travers la Flûte” of which Maxence is honorary president.     

Not only did Larrieu display considerable stamina, but the quality of his playing and that of his ex-students was truly remarkable. The event was enhanced still further by Denis Verroust’s excellent commentary on Maxence’s life and career, interspersed with examples of some of his best recordings and archive photos.

Over the following two days representatives from flute associations from 10 EU countries discussed ways in which they could work most effectively together in the future. Countries represented included France, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. The meetings included discussions on fundraising, helping each other with marketing and publicity to boost the profile and membership of the associations, and organising pan-European events. It was decided to hold the next event in Frankfurt in April 2015 to coincide with the annual Musikmesse (Frankfurt Music Fair), and to involve young players from each national association. More details to follow….

Article and photographs by Malcolm Pollock


Posted 3rd November 2014, 8:30am

The Certificate for Music Educators (CME) Trinity College

The Certificate for Music Educators (CME) Trinity College

 The Trinity Certificate for Music Educators is a new level 4 qualification that has been created in response to the National Plan for Music Education (2012). Written by a panel of respected educators and leaders, the certificate seeks to provide accreditation for any person working with children and young people in a music education setting.

The Trinity CME consists of a framework of six units that not only explores the planning and implementing of creative musical experiences for children and young people, but also takes into account the reflective practices of the teacher/tutor. The criteria are flexible, allowing for learner choice and specialisms so that candidates may incorporate working towards the certificate into their professional working life, using actual situations to evidence assessment criteria.

A wide range of centres will be offering the Trinity CME, some beginning in September 2014. Centres can use the focus of the qualification to create a tailored course for their learners. Examples of likely centres are music hubs, higher education institutions, organisations with specific target audiences, and those in community music settings.

The British Flute Society is hoping to become a centre for this qualification and Christopher Walters from Trinity College will be giving a presentation on the CME during the 2014 Convention at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick – on Friday 22nd August at 1500 hours.

The BFS would like to hear from those members who are interested in studying for this qualification as soon as possible. Please email the secretary, Anna Munks, to register your interest.

Posted 20th June 2014, 8:23am

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

BFS AGM 2013

The BFS Annual General Meeting was held  at 2.00 pm on Sunday 23 June 2013 at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London

Click here for a full list of the BFS council and staff following the 2013 AGM

Click here for the final approved minutes of the 2012 AGM

Posted 24th June 2013, 10:49am

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

rarescale 10th Anniversary Composition Competition

In conjunction with Tetractys Publishing and hosted by the Royal College of Music, London.

Competition Overview

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, rarescale has launched an international competition for composers.

This competition is open to student and professional/semi professional composers of all ages and styles. We are seeking chamber works using alto or bass flute, with a maximum duration of up to 8 minutes. In line with rarescale’s aim to develop a practical recital and chamber repertoire for the alto and bass flute, we will accept entries in all compositional styles. The judging will take into account the suitability of the writing for low flutes, and performance practicalities in addition to compositional flair, technique and originality.

For full details, please see the rarescale website
 CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES is 15th July 2013. 


Posted 26th February 2013, 10:53am

Mike Hirst

We are very sorry to announce that Mike Hirst died recently at the age of 73. His funeral will be held at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 16th January at the Honor Oak Crematorium in South London.

Posted 31st December 2012, 10:02am


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Posted 3rd December 2012, 10:35pm

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

Welcome to our new website!

We hope you enjoy the new format of our website and we look foward to hearing your views and ideas for future development.

Members are now able to log in following the instructions in your current issue of Flute.  If you have any problems with your username and password please contact the Membership Secretary, Nicola Thompson by clicking here.

Posted 2nd December 2011, 4:48pm

Welcome to the British Flute Society's new editor, Elisabeth Hobbs

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new editor, Elisabeth Hobbs. Elisabeth studied flute under Gareth Morris at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked as a freelance performer, orchestral musician, instrumental teacher and examiner both in the UK and Australia. She now combines a career as a professional flautist with a career as a professional writer and editor and has an extensive list of published works to her name.



Posted 21st September 2011, 11:17am

Carla Rees Collection Fund

From the Just Flutes website:

"Many of you will no doubt be aware of the recent riots that have taken place in the Croydon area and the subsequent damage that occurred, including several fires resulting in the loss of many properties. Sadly one of the properties destroyed was Carla Rees' home. As a result she has been left homeless and has lost everything to the fire including her instruments, music and upsettingly her two cats that were in the property at the time.

Carla Rees is a great friend of ours and with many of you in the flute community. She is involved with the British Flute Society and is next year´s organiser for the flute convention to be held in Manchester. She is extremely proactive in the flute playing world.

This is such a terrible situation for anyone to be in and with the support of many of our customers, we felt we wanted to do something to help her regain a sense of normality in her life. We have therefore set up the Carla Rees Collection Fund."

If you feel able to contribute, please go to the Carla Rees Collection Fund on the Just Flutes website.

Posted 20th September 2011, 12:17pm

Albert Cooper 1924–2011

Albert CooperAlbert Cooper, the distinguished flute maker, passed away 25 January 2011 at the age of 86. He was known for the excellence of his craftsmanship and for his innovative approach to flute design, and he was revered by his fellow makers for his willingness to share his knowledge.

Albert Kendall Cooper began his apprenticeship as a flute maker at the firm of Rudall Carte at the age of fourteen in 1938. He was called up for military service in 1942, first as an infantryman in the Rifle Brigade, then in the Royal Corps of Signals as a radio operator and finally, after a year, was sent to the Navy, where he stayed until 1945. During his time in the Navy he spent many months in Italy, where he developed an enduring love of the Italian language and culture. On his return to London after the war he rejoined Rudall Carte, where he stayed until the late 1950s before setting up as an independent flute maker.

Albert is best known for his successful attempts to develop a scale that made the flute easier to play in tune. Most flute makers around the world have since adopted the Cooper Scale, or one similar to it. For many years he was associated with Brannen Brothers, the firm of flute makers in Boston, USA.

Albert was a founding member of the British Flute Society. He served on the society’s council and was for many years the vice-president. He was a familiar and much-loved figure at BFS events and at flute events around the world. Albert Cooper leaves behind countless admirers.

Posted 30th August 2011, 6:43pm