Congratulations to HampshireFlute Choir, who wowed the judges at the first ever ‘Flutewise’ national competition, beating off stiff competition from three other finalists to scoop the top prize of £300, in the school age category.
The judging panel, that deemed the 13 strong Hampshire Flute Choir to be the best in the country, included celebrated professional flautists Gareth McLearnon and Ana Pucihar, as well as renowned composer/pianist Blaz Pucihar.
Conducted by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service flute teacher, Carrie Hensel, the Hampshire Flute Choir’s winning performances were: ‘The Dolphin’ by Blaz Pucihar, and ‘Walk Like This!’ by Ian Clarke. The prize money awarded is a contribution towards the purchase of a new ‘Trevor James low flute’, which will enable the choir to expand its range of different sounds.
Organised by Flutewise (a volunteer-based charity that creates events and courses for young flute players) and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM, a music examinations board), the final took place at the London Oratory School’s John MacIntosh Arts Centre. The day also included some workshops and activities for the young flautists to take part in, with plenty of opportunities to play music alongside professional flautists and learn from examiners.