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Bursaries for cash-strapped young flautists at prestigious Oxford Flute Summer School

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 11, 2019

Oxford Flute Summer School

The prestigious annual Oxford Flute Summer School - a milestone in the development of many a fine young musician -  returns this summer with courses starting on Sunday 18th August and running through to Friday 23rd August.

Flautists, aged between 15 and 24, from all over the world will attend. 

If you want to be a part of this extraordinary school but fear that you simply won’t be able to afford it, don’t worry. It is a fact of life that not all promising musicians have the financial means to factor residential courses and top-end tuition into their lives. Which is why there is a Bursary Fund which can cover both course fees and accommodation. 

So If you have the potential talent to pursue a career in music but lack the finances to attend the Oxford Flute Summer School, then please consider applying for a bursary. But hurry applications must be in by this Friday 15th March.

Click on this link for further information and details of how to apply

Originally co-founded by its director, flautist and teacher Janet Way and our own flute-tooting boss Clive Conway in 1986, the Oxford Flute Summer School enjoys a reputation for international success, meticulous organisation, imaginative planning and world-class teaching. 

These days the school is still run by Janet with Katie Alcock. Meanwhile Clive, busy with Clive Conway Productions and his role as chair of the Tutu Foundation UK, supports in a consultative role. 

Guest teachers at this year’s summer school include Robert Winn, Kate Hill and Robert Manasse plus a rare opportunity to meet Thies Roorda, Professor of Flute at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

Thies, who is also Emeritus Flautist with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hilversum, brings to his teaching his particulaer experience of studying with one of the 20th centuries great teachers, Geoffrey Gilbert.

More than 30 years after its debut, it continues to provide a platform on which teachers and performers can exchange ideas, hone skills and learn life and career changing musical techniques. 

The Bursary fund was established in 1996 by Peter Broadbent OBE (a keen amateur flautist) to offer full or part-bursaries for players between the ages of 15 and 24 to attend the Oxford Flute Summer School. He recognised that many accomplished young flautists were prevented from attending the course because they could not afford the fees.

The inspiration and guidance gained in a week of intensive work with leading teachers and players enables Bursary recipients, considering a musical career, to prepare with confidence for the next stage in their development.

Between 1996 and 2018 over 70 young players have received help with the fees and many of them have gained places at music colleges and are now playing professionally.

Remember that applications for bursaries to the Summer School must be returned by email to by 5.00pm on Friday 15th March and can only be made using the official application form.

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