THE FLUTE STUDIO
The Flute Studio has been awarded an A-rating Accreditation by the British Accreditation Council.
The Flute Studio was established in 1990; 150 students from 19 countries have attended to date, some for a 2nd year, and many are now in orchestras or are teaching worldwide.
The course theme is ‘the flute and nothing but the flute’
THE COURSE is of six months and for one or two years and is intended primarily for postgraduates, though undergraduates are also accepted. The aim of the course is to increase a student’s chances of employment. Students attend two master classes weekly. The first class is a scales/technique/memory class with the emphasis on technique and tone. The remainder of the class is devoted to exercises and finishing with studies (études). The second session examines both the orchestral and the common flute repertoire. There is also a Study Session which focuses on background information on the flute and includes the history of the flute, examination of old flutes, chamber music
repertoire and flute books, professional career problems, stage presentation and publicity. These sessions also include basic flute maintenance and repair, head joint making and flute construction. The Studio Music Library of 5000+ items also contains all the world’s well known flute books including rare material, and includes books in other languages. There are around 800 CDs. Students complete a weekly listening project of the world’s great players, and two longer projects on the history of the flute. Students are expected to gain a minimal working knowledge of both the treble recorder and the baroque flute, instruments & basic tuition being provided. Since 1990, thirteen former students have become professional baroque flute players. A piccolo session with an orchestral specialist, and a class on baroque practice and style is part of the curriculum. Three Sonata Classes with the piano and other classes according to needs are arranged. Flute performance to a high standard is the main aim of the course. The Studio has a good piano, and a commercial photocopier. A Student recital takes place every year in the Village and at a local school. Visits to flute recitals in London, and to William Bennett’s and other distinguished visitors master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London are also arranged, and students will find it convenient to attend London’s numerous concerts.
The Studio intake is limited to six students each year though this next year, there may be space only for three. The Course is of exactly six months and usually 24 weeks duration., beginning on October 1st and ending with departure on the 31st March. So as to maximise the time here, arrivals and departures will take place on these dates to comply with the new UK Border Agency visa regulations. There will be a short Christmas break, but the classes will continue up to Christmas and resume shortly after. There will be no opportunity to travel home at Christmas.
THE PLACE. Hastingleigh is a small village situated on the North Downs in an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a pub and a daily bus service to the historic city of CANTERBURY and to WYE and ASHFORD. The small town of Wye is three miles from Hastingleigh with several shops, banks, a garage and a railway station with hourly direct services to London, with a journey time of either one and a half hours or a High-Speed service of 37 minutes from Ashford. Trains leave nearby Ashford International Station at regular intervals for Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel, with a journey time of two hours.
APPLICATION. An audition either in person, or by CD, is required by January of the year of entry and should contain at least two pieces, and at least one work with piano. A study or two would also help. Notification of the result will be sent soon after the audition. If the course is over-subscribed, a Reserve List is made. If a student is accepted for the Studio, a non-returnable deposit of £1000 (GBP) will be required to show acceptance of the place offered and to cover the reservation of accommodation. This should be paid by March lst, and will be credited against the fees. Students applying for bursaries or grants (Fulbright, Rotary, etc.) who need a definite answer when applying may send a CD earlier in which case an acceptance letter- ‘subject to an audition in January’- can be sent, always provided that the level of playing is acceptable.
DISABLED STUDENTS; the Flute Studio will make a reasonable attempt to meet the needs of students with disabilities, and would be happy to discuss this. However, potential students with limited mobility should be aware that the residential accommodation is some 1.5 miles (3 kilometres) away and is not adapted for disabled occupation. There are no disabled toilet facilities at The Flute Studio.
ACCOMMODATION. There are two comfortable and well-equipped studio flats each for three persons in Hastingleigh and the nearby village of Elmsted at reasonable rates. Each student has their own room.. Rent is about £4000 for the 6 months including electricity heating etc.
PRACTICAL MATTERS: Successful applicants will be put in touch with the previous years’ students for advice, discussion and information. Students will normally be accepted only for the complete Course. A maximum of 6 students is accepted for each Course.
A Studio newsletter with former student’s news is sent out to all former members several times a year.
FEES 2017/18: £5250* for the course per student. (approx. $6800.00 [check with a bank]). When a letter of acceptance for the Flute Studio has been sent, the non-returnable deposit of £1000.00, credited to the total fees, is payable by March 1st of the year of entry. The remainder of the fees are to be paid before July in order to comply with the new UK Border Agency regulations for obtaining a visa.
Arrival date: October 1st 2017; departure date 31st March 2018.
* The Flute Studio has been awarded Government Accreditation. This is establishes the Flute Studio as government registered place of study: the Course itself, Health and Safety, medical, First Aid requirements and Fire Regulations have all been inspected. As a result, immigration into the UK is made easier. Details of visa application will be sent to successful candidates.
Currently, tuition fees for a postgraduate course at London Colleges costs + £20,000 .
VISITS TO THE FLUTE STUDIO Visitors are welcome to visit the Studio during the year by prior appointment only. The ‘usual’ Studio days are Mondays and Thursday. Write or e-mail your preferred dates to visit.
STUDIO HIGHLIGHTS 2016/17 Three Sonata Classes with Juliet Edwards; and classes with Rachel Brown, Pat Morris and Kate Hill. We attended several master classes with William Bennett and Emily Beynon and other classes at the Royal Academy of Music, London. We also played the annual Christmas Concert.
Plans for 2017/18: Two classes with Juliet Edwards for the relationship between piano and flute, classes with Rachel Brown , Patricia Morris, Kate Hill and Julie Wright and visits to the Royal Academy of Music, London, classes with William Bennett; and two concerts locally. We also plan to visit the Italian Flute Convention in November.
ENQUIRIES: Trevor Wye, The Flute Studio, Tamley Cottage, Hastingleigh, Ashford, Kent. TN25 5HW. UK. Or email: tw@trevorwye 'dot' com
AN APPLICATION FORM can be found by clicking here.
To see a STUDENT HANDBOOK setting out the conditions of the Studio click here