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Learn from the "Master of the Flute" in Weggis, Switzerland! Join us from 19-28 July 2019 for masterclasses, Guest Artists, concerts, ensembles, exhibitors, awards and much more. Sir James and Lady Galway invite you to join them for the 30th Annual Galway Flute Festival!

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In 2015 Charles co-founded Gonjiam Music Festival in South Korea with directors Soohyun Paik and Philipp Jundt and has served as Chief Operations Officer, helping to organize Galway Flute Festival Korea, the Recomposed tour with Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Gonjiam Flute Festival.

Charles lives in Korea and works at Kangnam University in Yongin as Associate Professor of the Department of Liberal Arts and Editor-in-Chief of the English edition of the university newspaper The Kangnam Hakbo, through which he has interviewed artists such as Philipp Jundt, Davide Formisano, Ulf-Dieter Schaaff, Kathrin Christians, Marco Hertenstein, Oliver Schnyder, Maximiliano Martín, Viktoria Kaunzner, and Itay Dvori.

Charles enjoys photography and running the occasional marathon. He and his wife Solip Choi are expecting their first child in May.

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Have you performed for sir james before?

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 Sir James’ teaching career 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!


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!

Each day at the Galway Flute Festival begins and ends with ALL students together! Every day begins with warm-ups led by Sir James, focusing on tone production and technique. The day continues with masterclasses given by Sir James and Lady Galway, along with Guest Artists' workshops on solo repertoire, technique, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, jazz improvisation, piccolo, low flutes, contemporary techniques and more. Evenings are filled with concerts by the world's leading flutists and an Opening Gala Concert with Sir James and Lady Galway. The Festival ends with the Grand Finale Concert, featuring the Festival Flute Choir, which is your chance to perform in an ensemble directed by Sir James!

Throughout the week we have 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 are 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!

Morning Warm-ups with Sir James for all students

Morning Warm-ups with Sir James for all students

Concerts & workshops with Guest Artists

Concerts & workshops with Guest Artists

Masterclasses with Sir James

Masterclasses with Sir James

Perform with the Galway Flute Choir

Perform with the Galway Flute Choir

Masterclasses & technique with Lady Galway

Masterclasses & technique with Lady Galway

Exhibits with instruments, music & accessories!

Exhibits with instruments, music & accessories!

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