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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!


Sir James' Class

Sir James holds his daily class with pre-selected students in the main hall, the Aula, which is open to all auditors and participants to observe. This is your opportunity to listen to fellow students perform and learn from "The Master of the Flute". Students of all levels will benefit from listening to Sir James while he assists and guides them through complex passages and shares his years of experience and wisdom. His characteristic style of teaching is combined with humour, advice, opportunities for questions and demonstrations provide hours of learning from the maestro.

Sir James selects 20 students for his masterclasses using the submitted video recordings. students must perform by memory their predetermined repertoire. Sir James would also like for his students to observe his class at all times for the duration of the festival.  Students must attend the entire festival in order to receive a lesson from Sir James.

See the Participants & Visitors page for more information about Sir James' class!

Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, Galway has been a household name for decades. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings, and partnered with such popular artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John.

Belfast-born, Galway studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in London's major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flutists to establish an international solo career in 1975. He has a vast discography with 97 CDs to his name, and has enjoyed recording contracts with Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. After opening the 2015/2016 concert season with a sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, forthcoming highlights this season include major recital and concerto tours of Asia, Europe and the United States.

Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James Galway has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his musical accomplishments. These include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gramophone (2014), the Classic Brits (2005), and the National Concert Hall Dublin (2013), the Grammy President's Merit Award (2004), and addition to The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (2008) - as well as numerous gold and platinum recordings.

Alongside his busy performing schedule, Galway devotes much of his free time to educational outreach programmes. These include the Galway Flute Festivals held around the world, and his own online flute community: First Flute ( Launches December 2013, the First Flute network allows students, teachers and music lovers first-hand access to Sir James' expertise. Galway also gives a great deal of time to charitable organisations, including SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel's Châteauxville Foundation, and the Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project - as well as UNICEF, for whom he is a Special Representative.


Studying with Sir James has been a revelation for me. The improvements in my playing after my first visit to Weggis were incredible and ever since then I’ve returned every year. They marked a turning point in my career.

Sir James has the ability to get the best from every student in a supportive and encouraging way. He conveys his unparalleled knowledge of the art flute playing with great care, patience and humour. Sir James will teach you the ‘Galway Method’, a system of practice that works. Thank you Sir James and Lady Jeanne for all your encouragement, support and inspiration over the years. They are memories I will cherish forever.
— Niall O'Riordan, Ireland/UK
Sir James Galway is an inspiring teacher and mentor to me and his passion for the flute encourages all his students to reach their full potential.
Having the guidance of Sir James during his Masterclass in Weggis has been a wonderful inspiration and has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of my flute technique and developed my interpretation of music.
— Chloe Ellen Jones, UK
When I was a kid, Sir James and Lady Galway were a great inspiration to me and gave me great dreams. Since then, they have helped me to make big progress, and guided me to accomplish my dreams.
— Karen Marie Sørensen, Denmark