A World of Flute Camp
Around the world in a flutey day
POSTPONED to Autumn 2022
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to various COVID-related reasons, the World of Flute Camp has been POSTPONED until Autumn 2022. Please stay tuned for more details!
Flutes are truly amazing. They are among the oldest instruments (dating back 60,000 years!) and are found in just about every culture. Coming in all sorts of sizes and shapes, some flutes are blown on the side, some are blown on the end, and some are even blown with the nose!
Join us at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in Southfields, London, as we explore the exciting world of flutes beyond the Western concert flute—from India to Ireland. Ideal for students aged 8-14, the World of Flute daycamp features expert guest artists, hands-on workshops where students get to try their hand at instruments and traditions, and chamber music inspired by different world traditions and music.
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August 21, 2021
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9:00-9:30 Hellos & world music warm ups
9:30-10:00 Introduction to world flutes
10:00-11:00 Indian bansuri with Probuddha Basu
11:00-12:00 Irish flute & whistles with Philippe Barnes
12:00-12:45 Hands-on workshop, penny whistles & Irish music
12:45-13:30 LUNCH (not provided)
13:30-14:30 Japanese shakuhachi with Michal Coxall & Keiko Kitamura
14:30-15:30 Chamber music
15:30-16:30 Hands-on workshop, the hindewhu from Central Africa
16:30-17:30 Flute quiz game
The bansuri is a bamboo flute from India. It is a transverse flute, which means it is played from the side, like a Western flute. It often plays solo in both Hindustani & Carnatic music as well as used in folk music. Students will get the chance to learn about Indian classical music as well as hear the instrument in action.
Recommended listening: Hariprasad Chaurasia
Guest: Probuddha Basu
Irish Flute & Whistle
The Irish flute is a simple-system wooden side-blown flute and the whistle, often made of tin, is an end-blown fipple flute (has a mouthpiece). Students will learn about Irish traditional music and the system of ornamentions that make it so unique.
Recommended listening: Matt Molloy
Guest: Philippe Barnes
The shakuhachi is an end-blown flute, made from bamboo root. Students will not only get the chance to hear the impressive spectrum of colours this instrument can produce as a solo instrument, but will also get hear it in a chamber music setting with the koto (plucked zither).
Recommended listening: Yamamoto Hozan
Irish Tin Whistle
In this session, students will get the chance to try their hand at playing a tin whistle. It will be an introduction both to Irish folk music technique, including ornamentations, and have a chance to play through some traditional songs. Instruments will be provided and students will get to keep them.
Leader: Philippe Barnes
hindewhu style on bottles
The hindewhu is a small single-tone flute made from a stem of a papaya tree used by the nomadic pygmies from Central Africa. They are played using a combination of blowing and singing. Jazz percussionist Bill Summers adapted this style using a glass bottle and in this workshop students will get to explore this unique style using bottles provided by the camp.
Philippe Barnes (Irish Flute & Whistles)
Philippe is one of the leading exponents of traditional music on a Boehm system flute. He is a multi-instrumentalist and versatile musician specialising in Irish & Celtic music, currently performing on the award winning show “Come From Away” in the West End. Over the years Philippe has toured extensively all over the world. A hree-time runner up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Philippe is currently a part of the new Anglo-Irish folk trio The Wilderness Yet.
A world music flautist, Philippe also has a great love for flamenco and jazz music. As part of oud virtuoso Attab Haddad’s band. He has given performances with world music project “a Hidden Order” music with geometry across the UK, in Saudi Arabia and at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. He has also toured with folk hip-hop stars Dizraeli & The Small Gods (on guitar, flute, keys and gaita!).
Probuddha Basu (Bansuri)
Probuddha has been playing the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) for over 20 years and is a senior disciple of Clive Bell at the Bhavan & Harrow Arts centre. Since his childhood, Probuddha has been very passionate about Hindustani classical music and his initial training as a child was learning to sing and play the harmonium. He has performed extensively in his early years and received several awards and accolades.
He continues to receive his taleem in raga music from Paramananda Roy – a senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Pt Ajay Chakraborty. Probuddha is based in London and actively promotes Hindustani classical music and the bansuri.
Michael Soumei Coxall (Shakuhachi)
Michael studied sankyoku and honkyoku shakuhachi in Japan for many years under the legendary Kinko-ryu, Chikumeisha master and Living Cultural Treasure, the late Yamaguchi Goro, and still continues his studies with Mizuno Komei on frequent visits to Japan. He also studied shinkyoku under Sugawara Kuniyoshi in Tokyo. He was awarded his shakuhachi ‘Master’s Licence’ in 2007. He taught full-time at SOAS, University of London from 1986 to 2009 and teaches Chikumeisha honkyoku, sankyoku ensemble and shinkyoku music.
He has performed widely in the UK and Europe with the Hibiki Ensemble as well as in Japan and is Head of the Chikumeisha UK Branch. Since 2006, he has also been co-organiser and teacher of many European Shakuhachi Summer Schools in London, Barcelona and Lisbon and also of the World Shakuhachi Festival in London in 2018.
Barnaby Keen (Hindewhu workshop)
Barnaby is a multi-instrumentalist producer and songwriter. His work has spanned many genres with forays into experimental electronic music, folk and various world music genres. A member of Moroccan EDM/rock outfit Electric Jalaba and fronting his own band Flying Ibex.
He immersed himself in London’s underground music and released his first solo album 'Travel In Dangerous Places' in 2014 under the name Flying Ibex. A follow-up album 'Habits' was recorded in 2015 with long-term collaborators Davide De Rose and brother Nathaniel Keen. As a session musician and songwriter he has worked in various studios including Abbey Road and Paul Epworth's Church Studios.
He is also a founding member of the north-African-inspired rock/EDM band Electric Jalaba (Strut) playing percussion and synths. He learned Moroccan percussion with singer and frontman Simo Lagnawi and has toured internationally with the band since 2010.
Nathaniel Keen (Hindewhu workshop)
Nathaniel Keen is a multi-instrumentalist, educator and composer living in London. After studying Jazz guitar at Trinity College of Music he has gone on to perform and record around the world, collaborating with renowned musical artists, contemporary dancers and theatre productions.
In 2012 he co-founded Electric Jalaba, a contemporary Moroccan Gnawa group championed by BBC 6 music, Gilles Peterson and signed to the famous British label Strut Records. The group continue to perform internationally and release albums drawing on influences from a wide spectrum of genres and experiences.
Keiko Kitamura (Koto)
Keiko Kitamura was born in Fukuyama, Hiroshima prefecture and her early years were spent studying koto, shamisen and vocals under the tutelage of her aunt Kyoko Kitamura, an Ikuta School grand master. She is now based in the UK and has worked extensively with a variety of traditional Japanese and contemporary Western musicians and has performed at the London Olympics, BT River Of Music, Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts and Kings Place, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 3. Her koto composition won an award at the Miyagi Michio Memorial Contest 2014 in Japan and she is a member of Tomoko Sunazaki’s Soudo-kai and of the UK Hibiki Ensemble.
The camp will be held at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in Southfields, London (SW18 4PP).
Who can register?
The camp is for flute students (any level) aged 8-14.
What will students do and learn?
The camp is a mix of guest artist sessions, hands-on workshops and chamber music. Students will get to hear different flutes in action, learn about the various traditions they come from, and even get to try their hand at a couple. Students will be provided with materials for the workshops, including tin whistles that they get to keep.
The camp is £85 per student, paid by invoice after booking.
How to book?
Please register using the form below. Once the registration has been received an invoice will be sent out, which can be paid online. PLEASE NOTE: Registration is not confirmed until full payment is received.
COVID restrictions have been lifted by the government, but we will still be taking every step to ensure the safety of the students, staff and guests. Please see our full COVID risk assessment here.
A World of Flute celebrates diversity as part of a standard flute curriculum. By introducing flute students to different kinds of flute from around the world—showcasing fascinating traditions—we can bridge cultural divides, nurture a greater sense of empathy and curiosity, and encourage lifelong appreciation of making music.