Autumn term dates and a few changes

The new dates for flute and whistle classes in Portobello are now live and there will be six fortnightly classes between now and Christmas for both Beginner and Improver groups, commencing on Thursday 6 September .

A new feature is an additional single class for complete beginners at the start of the term, that serves as an induction for flute and whistle and will focus on the fundamentals of the instruments. People attending this class will be able to then join the returning Beginners, making a term of 7 classes for newcomers.

Returning Beginners are welcome to join this class as well. There is a Paypal payment button for enrollment in all of the classes.

I plan to continue the excursion idea and will organise one for the end of November, if not sooner. Suggestions of venues are welcome.

The venue is at St James’ Church Hall in Portobello as before, but a change in the lease arrangements has necessitated a small price increase of 50p per class. However, we will now have sole use of the bigger (and acoustically better) middle hall once occupied by the Fun Fiddlers who have decided to move to The Washhouse (Portobello Community Centre).

I thought this would be a good opportunity to change the name of the class to FluteFling,  which I had thought about for a while as being more appropriate. Some of you may recall that this was the name used for the flute workshop I ran as part of Ceilidh Culture and I plan to use it for similar future events. It felt more appropriate to me to bring the names together although the FluteFling web site will remain primarily for one-off events.

Meanwhile, the new term for Scots Music Group tin whistle begins on Wednesday September 6th. There will be beginners again, but a big change here is that last year’s Beginners will also be catered for in the same class. There should be some new tunes and ideas and something for everyone in the classes.

Finally, I will be starting new classes in Tin Whistle for children and a children’s Traditional Music Ensemble at Portobello Music School on Saturday 1st September. This is a great opportunity for children to discover the rich musical heritage of Scotland and other cultures while learning an accessible instrument and more about playing together.

Photo of Autumn Colour in the Tweed Valley by Ian Britton, Creative Commons licence.

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