29th Year
The Flute Studio has been awarded an A-rating Accreditation by the British Accreditation Council.

The Flute Studio was established in 1990; more than 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 and teachers 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 class 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 850 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, fifteen former students have become professional baroque flute players. A piccolo session with an orchestral specialist is arranged when required, 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, though later applications if there are places available, can still be made, 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.


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