Flute Cake debut last Friday at Courtlands house raising money for Luca - a little boy who lost his legs because of meningitis. The house is a fantastic venue, a grand place with fantastic views of the Exe estuary. We played a programme including Debussy, Boismortier, Faure and Satie. I think we - Sophie, Jenny and myself - all feel enthused by the experience, we enjoy playing together and scrubbed up nicely! Stay tuned for more details of the treats Flute Cake have to offer. See here for a review of the event: http://www.classicaljourneyphonic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/premiere-performance-by-new-flute-trio.html?m=1
Expect excitement and really wild things as many of our finest musicians band together to create new spontaneous improvised music and perform original compositions in a series of genre defying world premieres!
Our first session features the multiple talents of Al Swainger, Mike Outram, Roz Harding, Ric Byer, Matt Carter, Jesse Molins, Charlie Hearnshaw, Steve Buckley, Coach York & Ruth Molins.
At The Globe Inn, Exeter. 8.30
Music for Luca
Courtlands House Exmouth
Friday 6 September 8pm
"Flute Cake" (flute trio with Sophie Brewer, Jennifer Campbell and Ruth Molins) play light classics
"Cut Purse Rascals" (Americana/blues)
play an acoustic set
Beautiful view. Bar open 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 (advance £6)
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Proceeds to 'For Luca' raising money to provide continuing treatment for Luca Williams - disabled by Meningococcal Septicaemia
During today's summer school, Emma Welton led a workshop session which was a culmination of the work the groups had previously done with me on timbre and colours. I was impressed by the way Emma has the ability to allow space for things to happen- to allow the moment of things getting stuck to be there and then, perhaps pass, or just to be. All the group were improvising around a colour and a simple direction such as 'mostly silence' or 'B flat'. It was a long session and afterwards, some people said some things such as 'it was really tiring' 'it was relaxing' 'it was awkward' 'I loved that bit when...' 'It was interesting to see what other people thought the colours were because I think blue is this but others thought it was that' 'I didn't know what to do' - that all these things, conflicting things - existed in the same space. I got the feeling that everyone was involved, even if they felt they didn't know how to be. The thing is, there is no right or wrong in that situation. It can be difficult to feel comfortable with that, and to work out what to do with that.
'When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.'
Confucius (551-478 BC)
I'm looking forward to October, where I have my annual dose of Gilbert and Sullivan and spend a week in a slightly loopy alternative reality playing in the pit band at the Barnfield Theatre for the St David's players G and S production. (hm, that sentence was too long!) www.stdavidsplayers.co.uk Lots of fantastic singers, including Carolyn Harries and Ian Spackman. And all wonderfully musically directed this year by Nicky Perry.
I have been invited to put together 3 concerts for Lympstone Entertainments. I'm really excited about performing such a variety of music in the great acoustic of Lympstone Parish Church. I've called the programme 'One Flute, Many Voices' as I find the link between singing and playing very engaging. The voice aspect of music makes me think about many things: reasonance, communication, the many different voices of the flute across the centuries, continents and styles. I will put a complete programme for each concert up here soon.
ONE FLUTE, MANY VOICES
The programme for the series:
Sunday, 22nd September 4-5pm
Ruth Molins flute
Susie Hodder-Williams flute
Emma Welton violin
Hilary Boxer cello
J. S. Bach, Telemann & Boismortier. Trios & Quartets
Sunday, 20th October 4-5pm
Ruth Molins solo flute, alto flute & piccolo
Music Old & New
J. S. Bach, Daniel Dorff & Michael Colquhoun. Tweets & Special Birds
Sunday, 10th November 4-5pm
Ruth Molins flute
David Cottam classical guitar
Hilary Boxer cello
Flute, Jet Whistle & Tango - Festive Music to warm your soul!
J. S. Bach, Piazzolla & Villa Lobos
Lympstone Parish Church
Tickets £16 for the series, or £7 per concert (under 16s £10/£5)
from Shears’ Café, Lympstone (not Weds) or from John Welton, 1 Harefield Cottages
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I'm looking forward to tutoring on the summer chamber music course next week - 4 days of creating music and sharing new experiences!
At the moment I am sitting in a sunny French garden, in a little village near the foret de Rambouillet. It feels so right to practice my taffenel and gaubert here and to be reading michel debost's illuminating, humorous and useful book 'the simple flute'.
This week has been a culmination of many many months of researching and ruminating - I have found my new flute. It has been quite a worrying time for me, I realise there has been a lot at stake. I have come to realise how my flute is an extension of me, of my voice, my body. It is something that I have to physically live with everyday, and it is a sound that I find very personal and sometimes extraordinary. In the end I have found a flute which I find to have a resonance that really switches me on, a flute that does twice what I expect it to do with the action that I put in! Exciting! In the photo I think I'm trying to lose gravity as I feel the surge of the soaring column of air going on in my flute! It's so exciting to feel such a smooth flow of energies. It's surprising! And gives me so much to work on and explore! After feeling sick with all the excitement and worry and confusion and emotion and the responsibility of making such a decision (not just musically and personally, but also in terms of money and priorities) I come out the other side realising that this is a major life affirmation: this is my voice and this is who I am and there's so much to do!
St Stephen’s Church, Exeter High Street
Lunchtime Concert Series
Thursday 8th August, 1pm
Ruth Molins – flute
Dorothy Raven – piano
Come into this restful city-centre space and enjoy a lunch break with a difference.
Ploughman’s lunches available from 12pm.
Let your thoughts run free and enjoy the music:
J. S. Bach, Flute Sonata in G minor
Gluck, The Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Rabboni, 2 Sonatas
Fitkin, Jim and Pam and Pam and Jim
(I'm catching up with myself abit here!) I had a very inspiring night on the 6th July when I worked with the soprano Carmen Lasok - I remember in particular her performance of the Habenera from Carmen, the phrases all just melted into one another and it really did sound like flowing silk. To see such breath control and technique in action was really impressive. Chatting to her, we had young family in common and it is great to talk to a fellow female professional musician and mother about things such as maintaining a practice routine while a child clings to your leg telling you that it is too loud!
I find it so admirable that Nick Gardiner does such a stirling job organizing and directing the festival every year in Dawlish. What a job and how important it is to keep platforms for the arts alive and kicking in all corners of the land!