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Flute & Harp Course 2016     Friday 19–Sunday 21 February 2016

Aimed at adult amateurs and young aspiring players, you can apply to join us on this course as an existing flute & harp duo or as an individual performer. If applying as an individual you will be matched with an appropriate chamber music partner who could become a friend for life!

Led by Kirsty and harpist Sarah Goss, this course is a unique opportunity to work closely with a chamber music partner on some of the most beautiful repertoire written for this duo combination. Throughout the day the flautists will work separately with Kirsty and the harpists with Sarah on instrument-specific technical and musical issues before pairing up in the evening for chamber music sessions. We will also be welcoming Alexander Technique teacher Patrick Gundry White to give a class on promoting good performance posture. As a qualified Iyengar yoga instructor Sarah will offer an optional morning yoga class to start your day feeling fresh and ready to play. There will be some free time to explore the beautiful surroundings with some of the Peak District’s most famous hills and valleys within striking distance, so if you want to bring along a non-participating partner to share this with, then that is also an option.

The residential course is fully catered and accommodation is in twin or single bedrooms with shared bathrooms.
The cost is £230 for the weekend. Non-participating observers may attend for £175.

Because this is such a unique course, places are very limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tutor Biographies

Kirsty  is a graduate of Leeds University where she gained a Bmus degree majoring in performance studying flute with Stina Wilson. She also spent a year studying flute with Wally Hase at the Franz Liszt Musik Hochschule in Weimar, Germany.

After graduating, Kirsty  spent five years working as a flautist in Dubai, where she first started working with Sarah, and was privileged to play for celebrities such as Bill Clinton and Sir Alex Ferguson and at many UAE royal weddings.

After a period of four years working in London, Kirsty moved to the Peak District and she now has a varied career performing, teaching and running Peak District Flute Courses. She plays regularly with the Marsyas Wind Quintet, gives duo recitals and has recently performed as a concerto soloist with both the High Peak orchestra and Sale Chamber orchestra under the baton of Richard Howarth. Kirsty is involved in music educational publishing  and is series editor of the popular Trinity College London Musical Moments and Mosaics woodwind books.

Flute tutor  
Kirsty Hetherington

Sarah Goss started playing the Harp at High Wycombe Music Centre aged 14 and went on to read Music at York University. She then took up a residency in Dubai, UAE, performing classical and popular music as a soloist and in a Flute & Harp Duo with Kirsty in the famous Burj al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Emirates Towers.
In 2002 Sarah moved to Bangkok, Thailand to help establish and teach in the Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre. There she wrote teaching material for the centre and gave recitals at the Siam Society, the Dusit Thani Hotel and the Tamnak Prathom Palace and performed with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she returned to compere the 2nd International Thai Harp Competition.

Sarah regularly performs all over the UK, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and has also played in much of Europe and in the USA. She has appeared on national television in the UK, Greece, the UAE and Thailand.  She has played at many prestigious UK venues including the Houses of Parliament; the Royal Opera House; The Royal Albert Hall; Covent Garden; The Natural History Museum, Blenheim Palace; Cliveden; York Minster; The Sheldonian, the Bodleian Library and the JdP in Oxford;  Wembley Arena; West Wycombe House (for HRH Princess Margaret) and Chequers (for Prime Minister John Major).

Sarah is now based in Oxford and regularly gives solo, duo and chamber music recitals, appears as a concerto soloist and performs with various orchestras. She has a thriving teaching practice and regularly gives masterclasses and workshops for her students.

Harp tutor  
Sarah Goss

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