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Do you love playing flute but find that work and other commitments get in the way of practice?
Without others to share in the music, or an upcoming performance to keep you focused and enthusiastic, even the best intentions to practise will soon falter.
Playing in a flute choir could be just the motivation you need to keep playing. You’ll learn so much more about playing flute, such as blending your sound with others and honing your timing skills. Ensemble playing is hugely rewarding musically and can be a highly enjoyable stress release after a busy day or week at work. It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet people with similar interests.
Playing flute with other flautists has been fashionable for centuries, with the earliest flute ensembles being the recorder consorts of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. In Ireland, you’ll still find flute bands that have up to four generations of flute players in the same band.
Four flutes is usually a minimum but most flute choirs have eight or more players with several players playing each part (safety in numbers!). The number of members is limitless and may include piccolo as well as alto and bass flutes. The largest flute choir on record (in Japan) had 3,742 participants.
It’s time to dust off those flutes
The Flute Tree in Leichardt, Sydney is home to two amateur flute choirs.
It’s never too late to experience the sheer joy of playing with other flautists. Ask about one of The Flute Tree flute ensembles today.
Not sure whether flute choir is for you? You can come along and hear or play with both of the Flute Tree ensembles.