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The Flute Choir started its life in the 1980s as the Harborne Flute Choir, meeting at the Martineau Adult Education Centre in Harborne. Our founder conductor was Penny Collier. Then Sandy Hay took over as Musical Director in 2002. Since September 2006 we have been independent and have changed our name to the Birmingham Flute Choir. Sandy was with us for 7 inspiring years, then left in July 2009 to be Head of the Music Service in Leicester. Sara Wilson used to share conducting with both Sandy and Stephen and brought a different dimension to our rehearsals with her. She is now too busy with her growing family and work but continues to take an interest.
Stephen Clark took over
as our Music Director from September 2009 and was an amazingly enthusiastic
conductor, expecting a high standard from the choir - and generally getting it!
He left us in July 2011 to return to Glasgow, but happily Sandy
Hay once again took up the baton as our director.
There are currently 24 members. We welcome adult flute players, with an approximate standard of Grade 7 or above, will be welcome to apply. Sandy reserves the right to assess playing skills to be sure that new members will be able to fit in. We invite all potential applicants to come along for a taster session to see if they would like to join us.
We play at the Friends
Meeting House, corner of St James Road and George Road, Edgbaston B15 1JP. See here for
We meet together to
play and rehearse a wide variety of music arranged for flutes (including piccolo, standard C
flute, alto and bass) and from time to time we perform at concerts and other
The fees for each term are currently £35 (for 5 sessions). New members joining during the term are asked to pay a reduced subscription calculated at £7 for each remaining session.
If you are
interesting in joining us please contact
Merryn Lloyd: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deputy: Rachel Smith
Chairman: John Smith
Secretary: Fran Munby
Treasurer: Tony Whittington
Concert manager: Mary Wright
Social Media: Jane Overton
The Flute Choir's Accounts:
Sandy Hay was born in Scotland and studied Community Music as an undergraduate in Glasgow, then moved to Birmingham to study flute with Kevin Gowland and Kate Lukas at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his early years in Birmingham, Sandy undertook a number of roles including working in both state and independent sectors as flute teacher and conductor. He has also held the positions Education Manager of the Birmingham Early Music Festival, director of the Birmingham Festival of Flutes and co-founder and director of the Queen's Park Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra for Young Professional Musicians. Sandy has sat on the panel as an adjudicator for the Lions International Music Competition and on numerous occasions for the Albert Cooper Flute Competition as part of the Stratford International Flute Festival. Sandy held the position of Head of Woodwind within Birmingham Music Service and also as Head of the Music Service in Leicestershire. He is delighted to return to the Birmingham Flute Choir as its Musical Director.
Wilson moved to the Midlands
in 1991 to study flute at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since graduating she has
taught in a variety of schools, including Edgbaston High School where she is
director of both the junior and senior school flute ensembles. At Stratford
Music Centre she was the founder of the flute ensemble and junior wind band and
was part of the team running the Magic Flutes workshops at Stratford
International Flute Festival. Sara has worked extensively with blind and
partially sighted musicians, teaching for the RNIB in Worcester for 10 years.
During this time she spoke at national conferences on the teaching of music to
blind children, and ran composition workshops at some of the RNIBís national
music days. She has also adjudicated at the Alcester Music Festival and the King
Edward VI Aston Boys Music Festival.
Currently, as well as her work at Edgbaston High School, Sara teaches at King Edward VI Aston School for Boys, where she runs the school flute choir and tutors the Birmingham Schools Flute Choir.
was born in Glasgow in 1983 and began playing the flute when he was 14 years
old. Having initially studied with Sheena Gordon, he continued his studies with
David Nicholson, Helen Brew and Janet Richardson at the Royal
Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from where he graduated with Honours.
Whilst still a student, Stephen was a major prize winner and in the same year
won both 2nd prize in the Mozart Concerto Competition and first prize in the
prestigious RSAMD Concerto Competition. Stephen completed his studies with
Richard Davies and Michael Cox at the Royal
Northern College of Music where he received a Scholarship. He has also
been fortunate to receive tuition and guidance from many other distinguished
musicians. These include Jacques Zoon, Peter Lloyd, Phillipa Davies, Lorna
Mcghee, Emily Beynon, Paul Edmund-Davies, Matej Zupan, Richard Blake, Sebastian
Bell, Moshe Epstein, Wissam Boustany and many others.
Having spent some time as an orchestral player, Stephen now concentrates on his work as a soloist. He has performed throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Croatia, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, Libya, Malta, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, Slovenia and the U.S.A. In August 2005, Stephen was also awarded the Musicians Benevolent Fund/Oxford Flute Bursary Award and from 2005 - 2006, he was a performing artist on Lord Yehudi Menuhinís Live Music Now Scheme!
Stephen is also in great demand as a teacher, workshop and masterclass leader. Stephen has given regular classes both in the UK and abroad and often gives classes for the international organisation Flutewise. Recently, he has performed as solo flautist and led workshops for Glyndebourne Opera in their UK tour of Mozart's The Magic Flute. In 2005, Stephen was invited as Visiting Professor of flute at the International Summer Flute Academy of Kastella. His residency and performances there where documented by Croatian television. Stephen is greatly dedicated to the promotion of music to children and young people. This has led him to perform concerts and teach extensively for the Music For Youth Initiative of Scotland.
Stephen has recorded for Classic FM, Amadeus, Linn Records and for the Naxos
label and broadcast live on Northern Irelandís 7FM and BBC Radio 3. He is also
the solo flautist featured in the Childrenís Classic Concerts CD which was
released in the UK in 2006. In 2009, Stephen also appeared on screen as the
flute player in the BBC's period drama series "Desperate Romantics".