Festival win for TuttiFlutti

DOWNEND-based flute ensemble TuttiFlutti are celebrating winning two classes at the Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama.

First a quartet of their low flutes (two altos, one bass, and one contrabass) won the Open Woodwind Ensemble class with a distinction, for their performance of The Long Day Closes, promptly followed by the full ensemble winning the Open Large Ensemble class with an ‘outstanding’ – the highest award category and one of only three given out throughout the entire instrumental section of the festival – for their performance of Chattanooga Choo Choo. 

Ensemble director Fiona Hunt said: “They are such a pleasure to work with, always enthusiastic and performing to a very high standard.”

The results saw the ensemble asked to perform in the festival’s celebration concert in Henleaze.

The ensemble can be heard locally at Frenchay Church on June 9 at 2.30pm, when they will be putting on a ‘stage and screen music’ concert alongside some of Fiona’s singing students, as part of the church’s summer afternoon teas series. 

They welcome flautists of all ages and abilities, from Grade 1 upwards, to their Flute Roadshow with Mel Orriss, one of the UK’s leading flute ensemble conductors, which is taking place on June 30 at Quakers Road Hall. 

TuttiFlutti rehearse on Friday evenings in term time from 6.30-7.30pm, at Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.

New members of any age are always welcome, from Grade 3 upwards.

Fiona said: “You just need yourself, a flute, a music stand, and a sense of humour!”

For more details and to contact the group visit www.facebook.com/TuttiFluttiUK.