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The 13th Hamilton Flute Festival

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28th March 2020 Fairfield Intermediate Auditorium (Access from Kensington Place), Hamilton Print this page Email a friend

The 13th Hamilton Flute Festival

***As Coronavirus travel restrictions are in effect for international visitors, Hamilton Flute Festival has been postponed. At a time when the world is a little more settled, we will all meet to share our love of all things flute again.***

28-29 March 2020

With Guest Artist Sally Walker — Australian National University

A weekend of late summer flute events for less than the cost of a single lesson. Warm up your end of term 1 flute studies in 2020 with a weekend of workshops, masterclasses, ensemble playing and performances featuring Guest Artist, Sally Walker. We are fortunate to secure this flutist and teacher for a weekend of flute activities.

The weekend is designed for flutists from approximately Grade 4 and above and of all ages (including performance majors and teachers). We will again have several split classes to cater for our junior and senior players at the same time.

For those who wish to apply, there is the chance to perform for Sally in a masterclass setting.

The event will conclude late on Sunday afternoon with a small recital of performances from throughout the weekend, including a performance by Sally.

There will be trade stands including instruments and music available to view and purchase.

The registration desk and trade stands will be open from 9am on Satur­day morning and classes will begin at 10am. We'll be finished by 5:30pm Saturday and recommence at 9am Sunday, finishing after the closing concert on Sunday (approx. 4:30pm). Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch each day.

Classes Include:

Workshops with Sally

Historical Flutes—and how understanding them can alter and influence a modern flutists approach to Historical works.

Sympathetic Resonances—how to integrate tuning and playing in tune into your practice no matter where you are on your flute playing journey.

(Volunteers from the floor for both these classes.)


  • Senior – Sally will work with 2 performers who have applied to perform (Grade 8 and above level)
  • Junior – Sally will work with 3 performers who have applied to perform (levels up to Grade 7)

Other Classes

  • Feldenkrais Session with Dr Melody Lin—Auckland
  • (Limited private user-paid sessions will also be available during the weekend.)
  • Flute Accessories— What Does What?
  • Flute Ensembles | A chance for all to play in a group settng at their appropriate level. The ensembles will present their finished products in the closing concert.
  • The Hamilton Flute Festival Concert | Featuring performances by Sally, masterclass performers, Flute Festival Ensembles.
  • Lunchtime Forums | There will be a teachers forum and an adult learners forum during lunch on Sunday to discuss topics of interest.
  • Trade Stands | View displays from leading Flute industry providers.



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About Sally Walker

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Hochschule für Musik und Medien Hannover, Hochschule für Music und Theater München and currently completing her Doctorate in the Early Music Unit of the University of Sydney, Flautist Sally Walker enjoys a career as a performer, academic and music educator. She is Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University, Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble and Regular Guest Principal Flute with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Sally won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany), was awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) scholarship, an Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Award and the Queen’s Trust Prize. She was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, held a contract with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for both flute and piccolo and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam and many Historical and Contemporary Music ensembles.

Her chamber music collaborations range from performances with the Shanghai and Acacia String Quartets, to varied projects with instrumentalists and singers. Many composers have dedicated works to her including Henning Kraggerud (Norway), Knut Müller (Germany), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina) and Australians: Andrew Ford, Sally Whitwell and Elena Kats-Chernin (including the commissioned Flute Concerto “Night and Now”). She has released three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, recorded Sally Whitwell's "Road Trip" on her ARIA nominated Cd "I was Flying” and is featured on Cyrus Meurant's "Monday to Friday" CD, nominated for ‘Innovation of the Year – Dementia Solution’, Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

Sally’s research embraces historical performance practice, music and physiology and composer/performer collaborations. Her doctorate explored what is the optimal process is for a professional modern flautist to learn historical flutes, interviewing twenty-eight expert practitioners.


Application Form

Please complete the application form.

No refunds will be given to applicants who withdraw after 14th March 2020

A non-participating parent /guardian/caregiver is required to pay a $20 application fee

Hamilton Flute Society accepts no liability for items lost or damaged during the course of this event. Hamilton Flute Society reserves the right to vary the content of the weekend if necessary.

Download Application Form

Kathryn Orbell
15 Augusta St, Fairfield
Hamilton 3214

Phone: 07 855 7909


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