Late-Summer Baroque Flute School with Georgia Browne

25 - 31 August 2020

Australian born flautist Georgia Browne has an international profile as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She has performed, toured and recorded with the UK’s top period instrument ensembles: Arcangelo, the Dunedin Consort, La Nuova Musica, The English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Early Opera Company, and the Academy of Ancient Music. She is principal flute with the dynamic Ensemble Pygmalion in France directed by Raphaël Pichon, and is a regular performer with other orchestras in Germany, France, Poland, Iceland and Australia. Recent international performing highlights have included a chamber recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, an onstage role in Simon McBurney’s production of La Flûte Enchantée at the Aix-en-Provence festival and a featured solo in Gluck’s Orphée at the Opera Comique in Paris. Her well received album of music for flute and strings by Carl Friedrich Abel is just one of a number of recordings Georgia has contributed to. An enthusiastic educator, Georgia has been on the faculty at the universities of Birmingham and Southampton and is currently Baroque flute teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has given masterclasses throughout the world at leading institutions from St Andrew’s to Sydney to Singapore.

Baroque Flute Summer School with Georgia Browne 2016

Last year saw the fourth Baroque Flute Summer School in the Mill and by popular request we shall be maintaining it as a 5 days course, in 2020. The first two days will focus on elements of Baroque flute playing in group workshops and masterclass formats. Group sessions will be focused on intonation and ensemble playing

baroque-02while the masterclass sessions provide an opportunity to explore the solo flute repertoire and discuss the technical challenges that arise: ornamentation, articulation, note shaping and dynamics. There will also be the opportunity to play flute duets and trios.

For the second half of the course, the flute students will be joined by two harpsichordist to work on chamber music works along the lines of trio sonatas by JS Bach, Marais, Telemann and more. Coaching will be shared amongst Georgia and her husband Tom Foster.

A final concert with all the players, will be given in the picturesque nearby church of St. Antoine in Les Cabannes.

NB This is not a course for beginners. Students are expected to have some experience playing on Baroque flute and should bring their own instrument at A=415 pitch. Ideally, students will prepare a piece for solo flute (or flute and keyboard) as well as any chamber music they wish to play with others. Tutors will also provide suggested chamber works.

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Firstly, thank you for an incredible week. You were so welcoming and kind throughout the week, and I couldn’t have had a more comfortable stay. I will certainly miss your cooking, which was consistently exceptional!

Amelia Shakespeare (Baroque Flute Course July 2014)

I loved working with the continuo team and the smaller ensemble groups.  And again, the concerts were a great way for the group to show off what we’d developed and worded on throughout the week, which really gave the course directions.  The improvisation session was a good addition too.

Amelia Shakespeare (Baroque Flute Course July 2015)

Thank you so much for a really enjoyable and interesting course in such a lovely location. I really appreciate the great effort that went into such a successful week. I learned a lot as well as having great fun with such a pleasant group of people.

Martin Richards (Baroque Flute Course July 2014)

Yes it was such a wonderful week at the Mill !
I for one appreciate very much  everything I learnt from your teaching : I am more motivated to go on playing the flute, which as you know is rather new for me.
Thank you also for your dedication during these few days.
It was very nice to meet you and everyone (and to hear you playing so beautifully) .
I am only looking forward to another flute course !

Jean-Pierre Minguet (Baroque Flute Course July 2014)