Flutes in Tuscany 2016

Improve all aspects of your flute playing in Paradise!

An inclusive course up in the Tuscan hills. Peace and inspiration. Ages 17+

Updates for 2017, including application forms will be available mid-September on the Flutes in Tuscany 2017 page.


Cost includes all tuition, accommodation, food and transfers from Pisa, or Bagni di Lucca – excludes flights to Italy.


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Application Form

Please fill in the Application and Medical forms either digitally, or print and then scan and email back. For further information, contact Liz Walker.

— Download the application form in PDFMS Word

— Download the medical form in PDF | MS Word

Course Director

11357318_856795177721443_6860333897446189740_oELIZABETH WALKER studied at the Royal College of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner (where she was awarded the Sally Wainwright woodwind prize in 1985) and as a graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying renaissance flute with Nancy Hadden, baroque and eight – keyed classical flute with Stephen Preston and modern flute with Kathryn Lukas. She went on to do a postgraduate study of Early Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, studying with Wilbert Hazelzet and receiving masterclasses from Barthold Kuijken. Elizabeth has performed in a number of period orchestras including the English Baroque Soloists, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the Classical Opera Company.

In 2008, Elizabeth recorded a solo CD of Telemann’s Fantasias on a modern wooden flute, followed in 2011 with a recording of the J.S.Bach Flute Sonatas with her group ‘Continuum’. In 2012 she formed a partnership with the pianist Richard Shaw to explore repertoire from the mid nineteenth century composed specifically for her original Louis Lot Boehm-system flute, dated 1859. Together they have recorded a CD ‘Finchcocks Schubertiade’ and a film using Chopin’s original Ignace Pleyel piano from 1848, given recitals at the British Flute Society convention, the National Flute Association in Chicago, and in Canada and Holland.

Elizabeth is a flute teacher at the specialist music school in Wells and is in demand as a baroque flute teacher following the success of her award winning Baroque Studies Book (Winner – Best Flute Method NFA 2015).

Course Tutors

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SARAH MURPHY is a flautist based in Derry/Londonderry in the North west of Ireland and has a passion for creative music making. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Philippa Davies, Kathryn Lukas and Edward Beckett. Sarah is a respected and experienced private Flute teacher of all ages and ability levels and is also Flute tutor for University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast. As a professional flautist Sarah gives chamber music recitals, tours with Festive Flutes, and freelances with the Ulster Orchestra. For over 25 years Sarah has performed at many festivals and venues around Europe with leading musicians. Some of her personal musical highlights include: sell out performances with Juan Martin at National Concert Hall Dublin, A special City of Culture 2013 performance with Festive Flutes and an 80 strong Flute orchestra combining the William King, Hamilton and Churchill Flute bands; and performing at the Istanbul Festival in the spectacular 6th Century Church, Aya Irene which sits in the grounds of Topkapi Palace.

Sarah believes in everyone’s natural musical ability and her focus is on building confidence and expressive playing. She engages and inspires her students to reach their own goals. Sarah encourages a positive approach to practise by setting smart goals and develops technique using a bite-sized learning approach that can be applied immediately. She creates fun and informal group music making opportunities and performances that further develop listening skills and enable students to experience the interplay between performer and audience in a relaxed setting. Sarah is also Artistic Director and founder of Wall2Wall Music (www.wall2wallmusic.org) a music education company which delivers training to teachers and produces large scale collaborative composition and performance projects with people of all ages, all standards and all instrumental genres.



JACQUELINE SOREL was born in Amsterdam and is now based in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is a professional recorder player and since 1988 has made beautiful recorders that have found their place all over the world. More recently, Jacqueline has become a fully trained Gestalt practitioner.

Born with a musician’s heart and always fascinated by people, she has managed to combine both of her professions, to help musicians to feel stronger and freer on stage.

She passionately believes that “Performing music before an audience can be an exciting experience and at the same time far from easy to do. You have to be good at doing many things at the same time, at that very moment, and this can cause stress or even fear. What is it your audience gets to see and hear? Your skills or you…? How would you play if you’d feel free to express yourself in your unique way?”

In this course in Italy, she will be offering warm up exercises and will be looking in a creative, relaxed way, at your very personal musical story and how you can combine this with all the expert technical advice your teachers have given you.

“It’s all about playing your music”!

What to Expect

A typical day in Tereglio

8.30am breakfast on the terrace.
9.30am warm up with Jacqueline (no flutes)
10.00am group warm up with Sarah on flute.
From 10.30am individual lessons with Liz or Sarah (rotated) or a rehearsal session with piano – accompanist – Sally Halsey
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
3 – 5pm Masterclass (with accompanist).
6 – 7pm flute ensemble
7.30pm supper

Monday arrival day.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday as above (Friday afternoon baroque flute sessions and concert)
Thursday – half day. Afternoon optional trip to Orrido di Botri *, evening concert given by the tutors.
Saturday – concert day.
Sunday – travel day.

How To Get There

Train to Bagni di Lucca from Pisa airport via Pisa Centrale and Lucca and also from Florence and Bologna, via Lucca — http://www.trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html

*The Orrido di Botri,

A canyon carved by the Rio Pelago over thousands of years. A deep limestone gorge in the Val Fegana, under the slopes of the Tre Potenze and Rondinaio mountains. The Orrido di Botri has been a nature reserve since 1971 and the canyon is unspoiled. It is home to many rare and majestic animals, such as the royal eagle and the wolf. Besides the wolf that lives all year round in the Apennines, there are roe deer, hare, squirrels, marmots, foxes, porcupines, skunks, pine martens and a small group of goats.

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