Gordon's FluteFling at TribePorty

Join Gordon Turnbull in a relaxed and supportive setting to learn and develop traditional techniques while building up a repertoire from Scotland, Ireland and beyond.
Gordon has been running FluteFling traditional flute and whistle classes and workshops in Edinburgh for almost 20 years, drawing on his extensive experience as a teacher and as a musician performing at concerts, ceilidhs, festivals and sessions in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe.
FluteFling Saturday half-day workshops are held every month at Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh. Combining elements of the popular fortnightly classes and the annual Scottish Flute Day in a new format, flute and whistle players will find plenty of inspiration and ideas to further develop their music.

Dates and technical focus

  • Saturday 8th October: including improving flow, expression, tone and breathing
  • Saturday 19th November: including pulse, rhythm, variations and improvisation
  • Saturday 17th December: including voices, tone, harmony, listening, festive tunes
  • Venue: Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ
  • Time: 1pm – 4pm

Workshop prices: (including tea and coffee)

  • Workshop Standard price: £22.50/ Concession: £17.50
  • All 3 workshops Standard price: £60/ Concession: £45

You can enrol for the October, November and December workshops individually or for all three at a special rate.
The workshops are suitable for adults already playing tin whistles and low whistles in D or wooden simple system (Irish) and modern classical (Boehm) flutes. Musicians returning to the instrument are most welcome. If in doubt, please contact Gordon. To get an idea of what we might cover, check out the blog archive and the Resources section.
Gordon’s traditional music classes and workshops evolved out of The Flow, his website on Irish flute and whistle playing. He has also taught with Scots Music Group, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, The Royal Conservertoire of Scotland’s outreach programme in traditional music and at the Border Gaitherin’.
He led creative music classes for P1s and traditional whistle classes with the Portobello Music School. Gordon continues to lead creative music workshops with storytelling in schools and you can find out about these activities on The Flow Music Workshops. A Primary School teacher, he has been teaching music in West Lothian special schools since 2011.
Gordon has been published in the British Flute Society’s journal FLUTE and in Music Education UK.
The main focus for the workshops will be on developing technique while exploring traditional tunes, which can change as things arise. Aspects of ornamentation and tuning challenges will also be covered while exploring traditional tunes.
Teaching is by ear, but sheet music and recordings will be provided. Different experience levels will be accommodated within the workshop.
There will be a short break for tea and coffee during the workshop, which is included in the price.
Please note that this workshop is for adults. However, those under 18 may be considered if accompanied by an adult. Please contact Gordon if considering this.
Photos © Ros Gasson

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