registration is now open!
Apply soon, as we expect our 2019 Galway Flute Festival to be a full class! We have limited space for accommodations, which will fill up quickly! You do not want to miss the 30th Anniversary celebration with alumni and friends!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Galway Flute Festival, which was full of inspiring masterclasses, Guest Artists, workshops, exhibits, concerts and awards!
The Festival included students from 30 countries, ranging in age from 10-70 and was one of our largest classes ever!
calling all alumni!
In preparation for our 30th Anniversary Galway Flute Festival in 2019, we would like to compile of list of the hundreds of flutists who have been a part of our Festival since the beginning!
If you have attended the Galway Flute Festival, Masterclass or Residency, please let us know!
Fill out the short form and we will keep you informed of plans for the 30th Anniversary Galway Flute Festival! It would mean so much to have as many of you there with us as possible!
Flutists from all over the world met again this year at the 29th Annual Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland for a week of inspiring masterclasses, Guest Artists, workshops, exhibits, concerts and awards! The Festival included students from 30 countries, ranging in age from 10-70!
Each day began with warm-ups led by Sir James, focusing on tone production and technique. The day continued with masterclasses given by Sir James and Lady Galway, along with Guest Artists' workshops on solo repertoire, technique, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, piccolo, contemporary techniques and more. Evenings were filled with concerts by the world's leading flutists and an Opening Gala Concert with Sir James and Lady Galway. The Festival ended with the Grand Finale Concert, featuring the Festival Flute Choir, directed by Sir James and Low Flute Choir, directed by Chris Potter.
“It is without doubt an indescribable and breathtaking feeling to stand next to Sir James Galway, to listen to his beautiful and unique flute sound and to experience live how he “sings” with his flute” said Galway Flute Academy student Valerie Henning (Germany). “His unlimited willingness to share his mastery and experience with the highest pedagogic skills and humor, as well as his guidance and mentorship for all of his students on their way to their own musical artistic personality, are deeply impressing characteristics.”
Special highlights were the evening recitals, to which every year, world-renowned flutists are invited. This year, attendees were treated to recitals given by Silvia Careddu (Italy), Michael Cox (UK), Adriana Ferreira (Portugal), Shenqhi He (China), Stefan Keller (Switzerland), Francesco Loi (Italy), Nicola Mazzanti (Italy), Kersten McCall (Netherlands), Marina Piccinini (USA) and Julie Stewart-Lafin (Scotland). In addition, there was a Feldenkrais session with Niall O’Riordan and a lecture with Dr. Victor Candia. The venue was filled throughout the week with exhibits by some of the top flutemakers and flute shops: Adams European Flute Centre, Eva Kingma Flutes, Fluter Scooter, Just Flutes, Lafin Headjoints, Musikpunkt, Nagahara Flutes, Verne Q. Powell Flutes, and Wm. S. Haynes Co.
Mackenzie Miller (USA) said, “I have been to numerous flute workshops throughout the years and the Galway Flute Festival is the only place where it truly feels like one big flute family. The festival has an encouraging and non-competitive atmosphere, which is the ideal environment for a flutist to experience growth. Guest artists and clinicians are approachable and eager to answer any questions you have for them. Lady Jeanne and Sir James go the extra mile to get to know everyone and make sure their students feel included and welcomed. At the festival’s conclusion, even with working behind the scenes at the Festival a lot this past year, I felt inspired and a little bit closer to becoming the best flute player that I can possibly be.”
Throughout the week we had a large array of beautiful instruments on display for you to play and enjoy, thanks to the many flutemakers who support our Festival. Thanks to their generosity, we were fortunate to be able to offer special prizes to deserving students at the end of the Festival. These prizes include handmade head joints, piccolos, flutes and scholarships towards next year’s Festival!
All classes are open to all students and music lovers to observe throughout the Festival.
We invite you to join us at the 30th Anniversary Galway Flute Festival from 19-28 July 2019, for an inspiring week filled with picturesque sights and sounds, taught by the Master and his friends!