Flute a Bec – Recorder Summer School (bilingual)

25 - 31 July 2021

James Brookmyre 

We welcome James Brookmyre back to the Moulin this year, to teach advanced recorder to our Summer students. James will teach in both French and English depending on the group.

This course is for students who are able to play both recorders in C and in F and to sight-read in treble and bass clefs to a standard of Grade V or higher

There will be 2 sessions of ensemble playing each morning, while in the afternoons, players have the choice of meeting in smaller groups, having individual coaching or exploring the locality before the late afternoon session at 4.30pm.

There will be clavecin accompaniment most days

At the end of the week an informal concert is held either in the Mill or in a local church.

Music will be sent out in June

“Le flûtise à bec majeur du Pays de Galles” (Y Cymro) James Brookmyre a joué avec des ensembles majeurs au Royaume-Uni et à l’étranger. Ces engagements l’ont mené à se produire en Europe, aux Etats-Unis et au Moyen-Orient. Parmi ses plus importantes presentations récentes figurent ses rôles de soloiste avec le Bremen Barockorchester, Welsh National Opera et le Flanders Recorder Quartet.

Il possède un vaste répertoire qui s’étend de la musique de Ciconia, Byrd et Telemann à Hindemith, Poulenc et Berio. Il interprète régulièrement des œuvres ces compositeurs ainsi que des compositions contemporaines.

Pédagogue passionné, James occupe des postes d’enseignant au Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Cardiff) et Cardiff University. Ses étudiant·e·s obtiennent régulièrement les notes plus hautes, et décrochent des distinctions et des bourses de mérite pour des écoles indépendantes et des établissements d’enseignement supérieur.

James est diplômé de la Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Londres) avec Premier Prix et de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalaunya à Barcelone. Ses professeurs incluent Ian Wilson, Pedro Memelsdorff, Pamela Thorby et Robert Ehrlich.

James mène ses propres ensembles Oriel et Concerto Cymru et il est le Directeur Artistique de la série de concerts « Sunday at Six ».

“Wales’ leading recorder player” (Y Cymro), James Brookmyre has performed with leading ensembles in the UK and abroad and these engagements have taken him across Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Recent performance highlights include playing as a principal with the Bremen Barockorchester, with Welsh National Opera and the Flanders Recorder Quartet.

He has a wide repertoire which spans the music of Ciconia, Byrd and Telemann to Hindemith, Poulenc and Berio, where he regularly performs works by such composers leading up to the present day.

An enthusiastic educator, James holds teaching positions at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University. His students regularly gain the highest marks in examinations and awards and scholarships to independent schools and higher education.

James graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class honours and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona. His recorder teachers have included Ian Wilson, Pedro Memelsdorff, Pamela Thorby and Robert Ehrlich.

James directs his own ensembles Oriel and Concerto Cymru and is Artistic Director of the Sunday at Six concert series.



Information about the Course

  • 2 sessions of group music
  • In addition, students can request individual lessons or make up duos or trios during the afternoon.
  • Accompaniment by harpsichord, viol de gamba and ‘cello.
  • Concert at the end of the course
  • The parts of the music we shall be playing will be sent to all participants in June