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Flutewise/ABRSM Flute Choir Competition 2017.

Several months ago I saw the Flutewise/ABRSM competition announced on Facebook and thought it would be worth giving it a go with the fairly newly formed Les Six. This would actually be only the 2nd time the group had competed together. The first was in the Mrs Sunderland festival earlier in the year where they were awarded 2nd place for their performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, only just being pipped at the post one of my other ensembles The Mistral Trio and in 3rd place were the Bootham Flute trio, which are also my ensemble. So that was a good start to their ensemble performing.

When I saw this I thought it would be a great thing to do and a good opportunity for my pupils.

Unfortunately one of the “original” members isn’t able to make the final date which if we are lucky enough to get there, is 16th July down in London so we recruited the 2nd male flautist, Sammy to join us.

With one of the members and myself being based in Huddersfield, one in South Yorkshire and the others in York, rehearsals are not always straightforward and it means there is always someone travelling. I really appreciate the fact that they are all so willing to do this to rehearse.

We are also fortunate that we had the use of the amazing facilities in the Arts department at Bootham School in York for rehearsals and the recording.

The initial round is  by YouTube submission and they had to perform The Dolphin by Blaz Puchair arr by Gareth McLearnon and Walk Like This by Ian Clarke.

Please do have a look/listen to the videos there is one in the sidebar and if you click the YouTube button it will take you straight to my channel where you can see both recordings.

Thanks to the members of Les Six, Imogen, Ben, Guylaine, Emily, Ellie and Sammy and to their families for their continued support.

We will hear by 31st May if we will progress through to the final.



Kirklees Young Musician 2017

Congratulations to Imogen Davey who is the winner of this year’s Kirklees Young Musician of the Year. The competition runs as part of the Mrs Sunderland Festival and she was awarded the  JW Pearce Trust Trophy and £1000 prize money. Imogen performed her 15 minute programme of, 1st Movement Allegretto Grazioso from Sonatina for Flute and Piano by Eldin Burton, Deep Blue by Ian Clarke and Piccaroon for Piccolo and Piano by Trevor Green.

The adjudicator Marilynne Davies had the onerous job of deciding on the winner and was very complementary to Imogen on her choice of programme, her artistry and performance.

I am absolutely thrilled with and for Imogen and with her performance, she has worked very hard and the accolade is truly deserved and I was so proud of her performance both in the competition and in the final concert on Saturday night. It was amazing and so lovely that she got a standing ovation when she was awarded the trophy and her prize money.

Thank you also to everyone for their kind words via twitter, Facebook and in person. I have passed all of them onto Imogen who is absolutely thrilled and grateful for people taking their time to congratulate her on this achievement.

Photo Credit: Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

Mrs Sunderland 2017

Congratulations to all of my pupils on their excellent performances and conduct during the Mrs Sunderland festival.

The results are as follows:

Mrs Sunderland Festival 2017

Small Ensemble Class – Open

1st Mistral Trio

2nd Les Six Flute Ensemble

Disney Class 17 & over

2nd Zoe Cooke

3rd Vicki Prieditis

Music Theatre 17 & over

1st Zoe Cooke

Pop Ballad Class 14 -21

1st Isabel Hinchcliffe

Disney Class Years 8&9

2nd Ophelia Ormerod

Woodwind Solo Year 9 & under

1st Angela Wang

2nd Emily Watson

3rd Ellie Maury

Woodwind Solo Year 11 & under

1st Emily Watson

2nd Angela Wang

Woodwind Solo – Open

2nd Imogen Davey


Haydn Wood Festival 2016

The Haydn Wood took place on the 18th & 19th November and Hannah Quinn was awarded 2nd place in the 15 & under woodwind class.

Imogen Davey was awarded 1st place in both the Open Woodwind and the Open Recital classes.

Imogen was asked to perform at the prize winners concert and was presented with the Robert Clarke Trophy for the highest mark in the woodwind classes, The Haydn Wood Trophy for the highest mark of a Colne Valley resident and The Kirklees Leisure Services Trophy for the highest mark of the festival. WELL DONE!

Audition Success in National Ensembles.

After auditions in October and November, the following pupils have been awarded places for 2017.

Emily Watson – National Children’s Wind Orchestra

Georgina Boot – National Children’s Wind Orchestra

Ben Mullins – National Youth Wind Ensemble

Imogen Davey – National Youth Chamber Orchestra

Guylaine Eckersley – National Youth Chamber Orchestra

HUGE congratulations to all of you on this amazing achievement. You have done yourself and me very proud. Enjoy the courses and concerts in the new year.

Mrs Sunderland Festival 2016.

What a fantastic weekend the singers have had at this year’s competition.

Everyone really did themselves proud with some absolutely lovely singing, great performances and lovely comments from the adjudicators too.

I am so proud of all of you and especially proud of the way each and every one of my pupils conducted themselves over the weekend. You are a credit to me and to your families.

Results from the competition are at the bottom of this page.

A very special mention should also go to Imogen Davey, who performed in the Kirklees Young Musician competition on Friday. Imogen gave a superb, musical and mature recital on flute and piccolo, accompanied by the fantastic Paul Feehan.

This is the first year Imogen has been eligible to enter the competition at it is for musicians aged 16-25 and she really held her own against considerably older musicians who are all studying music full time at university or the countries leading conservatoires of music. Well Done!


Mrs Sunderland Festival 2016.

Vocal Solo year 5 & under

2nd Madeleine Baxter

Vocal Solo years 8 & 9

1st Ophelia Ormerod

Disney Class year 6 & under

3rd Madeleine Baxter

Music Theatre year 5 & under

2nd Madeleine Baxter

Music Theatre years 8 & 9

3rd Ophelia Ormerod

Music Theatre years 12 & 13

1st Isabelle Goodall-Munroe

2nd Zoe Cooke

Music Theatre Open

1st Alexandra Goodall-Munroe

Pop Ballad age 14 -21

1st Isabelle Goodall-Munroe

3rd Alice Baxter

Haydn Wood Festival 2015

This year’s competition has been a huge success once again, with every pupil really giving a great performance.

Alice E was awarded 3rd place in the Woodwind Solo class 18 years & under and Imogen was awarded 2nd place in this class and 1st place in the Open Woodwind class.

Alice B was awarded 2nd place in the 17 years & under Vocal Solo class and 1st place in the Open Songs from Shows class.

Alice B and Imogen were invited to perform again at the Prize winners concert and presentation evening. On the evening Alice B was presented with the Swift Salver for winning the Songs from Shows class and also the Colne Valley Guardian Trophy for the highest mark in the vocal classes and the Maxine Taylor Trophy for the adjudicator’s choice of Most Promising Singer.

Imogen was presented with the Robert Clarke Trophy for the highest mark in the Woodwind Solo classes and The Haydn Wood Trophy for the highest mark of a competitor resident in the Colne Valley and the Kirklees Leisure Services Trophy for achieving the highest mark in the festival.

Congratulations to you all.

Alice and her 3 trophies
Imogen with the Haydn Wood Trophy

Another Successful Competiton!

Mrs Sunderland Festival 2015.

Girl’s Vocal Solo Years 6 & 7
2nd Ophelia Ormerod
3rd Emily Watson

Disney Class Year 9 & Under
1st Emily Watson
2nd Emily Gabbitass

Year 6 & 7 Music Theatre
1st Ophelia Ormerod
3rd Tia Jorja Mills

Pop Ballad Class
2nd Isabelle Godall-Munroe
3rd Emily Gabbitass

Woodwind Solo Year 6 & Under
1st Angela Wang

Woodwind Solo Year 9 & Under
1st Emily Watson
2nd Angela Wang
3rd Hannah Quinn

Woodwind Solo Year 11 & Under
3rd Imogen Davey

Woodwind Solo Open
2nd Imogen Davey
3rd Guylaine Eckersley

Congratulations to you all and to Ophelia for being awarded the trophy for the Most Promising Singer under 14.

Audition Success

After a gruelling round of auditions and trips to London, a trip to Glasgow and a trip to Manchester. I am absolutely thrilled that one of my pupil’s Sarah who I teach at school, has been offered places to study at Guildhall School of Music, The Royal College, The Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. She was also offered a very generous scholarship at Glasgow.

Now all she needs to do it decide where to go and continue her flute studies and although it won’t be an easy choice, it is a fantastic position to be in!

Congratulations, all of your hard work has really paid off.