Flute Days

Niall O’Riordan: A healthy approach to playing the flute

Saturday December 8th 2018, 10am to 4pm

St Nicholas Church Hall, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire MK45 4LA

NiallPlaying the flute (or any musical instrument) can be accompanied by physical and mental stresses that can lead to long-term debility.  Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble is proud to present this one day workshop aimed at providing practical ways of developing methods of controlling these potential stresses.

The workshop will be run by Niall O’Riordan, who as well as being a highly accomplished and acclaimed flute player, is also a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. This method seeks to teach the individual ways of linking the mind and the body, by practical exercises.

Niall will take participants through a programme of exercises, both physical and musical. The musical exercises will include breathing and tone development, awareness in ensemble playing, and developing a practice strategy. The physical exercises will be directed towards areas such as avoiding physical discomfort, dealing with neck or shoulder pain, and healthy posture.

Niall is an acclaimed international performer and teacher. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Rising Star award by Sir James Galway, and is a Sankyo Flutes International Artist. He regularly holds classes based on the Feldenkrais Method at the Galway International Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and at the British Flute Society Conventions.

The workshop is aimed at flute players of all abilities, though most benefit may be achieved by adult players. No particular physical ability is needed.

The cost of the day is £40.

Light refreshments will be included, but it is suggested that you bring a light lunch.

As some of the exercises will include lying on the floor it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and also bring something to lie on, such as a warm blanket, towel, yoga or exercise mat.

Do bring your flutes!

Book your place now: Niall O’Riordan Day Booking Form