I spent the last week at beautiful Harlaxton Manor in Licolnshire for the rarescale summer school. It was a flautists and composers retreat which was truly inspiring. During the week we had loads of fun playing in ensembles and working on pieces the composers wrote whilst there. On the last day we held a little concert performing everything that had been worked on. I had the immense pleasure of performing some really cool pieces including “After St. Kilda” by Simon Cummings, “GOSS” by Neill Smith, part of a work for flute-trio by Gavin Stewart, a “Lament” by Brian Wilshaw and many others. I’d like to thank Carla Rees and rarescale for letting me take part and all the composers (e.g. David Bennett Thomas, Matthew Whiteside, Michael Oliva and many others) for their wonderful music. Hopefully I’ll see everyone again soon and be able work on pieces and projects in the future with some of them too!
Btw: that big pipe is a contrabass flute that Carla very kindly let me have a go at. Guess I’ll have to start saving some pennies for the next 50 years to be able to get one at some point!