The wonderful Oxford Flute Summer School is back and young flute players aged from 15 to 24 are being encouraged to apply for full or part-time bursaries to aid their studies. Entried must be in by Friday 19th March.
The 2021 Summer School is based at the city's Radley College and runs from the 15th to 20th August. The bursaries are awarded to talented young players who would not otherwise be able to attend the course.
Applications are welcomed from all countries and, Covid restrictions permitting, organisers are hoping to welcome a diverse array of flute players on the course again this summer. To apply click here Oxford Flute Summer School. Full or part bursaries
Qualifications are simple the Summer School is open to flute players of all ages (over 15) and abilities: You just need to love playing the flute.
The OFSS dates back to 1988 when two young teachers, Janet Way and Clive Conway, discussed starting a flute summer school in Oxford with illustrious guest tutors. At the time there were just a couple of other courses based around particular teachers where students would come to sit at the feet of the master and play only once during the week. They decided to establish a study week each summer when flautists could enjoy group playing and learn through participation. One of the important ideas was that this week should be for everyone, not just those with dizzying technical skills. They wanted to attract players who just loved the flute and music but were busy with their other lives for the rest of the year. This is still the guiding principle of the OFSS.
This summer students will, be under the guidance of top flautists including Robert Winn, Kate Hill,Robert Manasse, Katie Bycroft, Carrie Hensel, Janet Way and others. It has also been announced that Lorna McGhee, principal flautist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will be a guest at OFSS.
More info about the Oxford Summer School at www.oxfordflutes.co.uk