Julie Wright ARCM LGSM B.Ed Hons
Nicholas Foster GRNCM
Professional musicians with 30 years educational and performing experience with both students and adults of ALL ages and abilities. Our aim is to inspire and motivate ....
Courses, workshops, concerts, masterclasses, individual and group
lessons, motivational sessions and residential musical holidays in Bahrain, Oman, Thailand, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany,
Spain, Italy, UK, Mexico, India, Hungary, Morocco, Portugal, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Moscow, Montenegro and Croatia.
How it all began ....
Workshops evolved at the request of teachers and students who attended
Flutes en Vacances Concerts, Courses,
Summer Schools and Play Days and
wanted to be part of something similar.
To date we have worked
extensively at International Schools, Performing Arts Institutes and Music
Korea, Russia, Thailand, the Gulf States, Oman, Kuala
Lumpur, Portugal, Mexico, India, Paris and Cairo as well as extensively
all types of school across the UK.
We have given motivational
sessions to children from kindergarten level, coached High School
wind groups, military bands, taught individuals and
mixed ability groups, helped to establish and coach ensembles
saxophones, flutes, clarinets and multi-instruments. Often, we are
asked to give masterclasses, adjudicate competitions/contests/festivals and present
workshops or concerts with input coming from ourselves as to the
structure, format, planning and funding of such events. Naturally, we
are then on hand to discuss and evaluate to
see if aims and objectives
were achieved as planned.
Frequently teachers need help with ideas
to expand a teaching practice or to encourage young people to play and
we can offer ideas
from our experiences to help.
are also of interest to many teachers. This is where a musical unit
goes into the community to play or members of a community come into a
department to share the music making.
from the famous Needham flute and piccolo playing family of the Halle
Orchestra. She studied flute and piccolo with Atarah Ben-Tovim MBE and
then went to university, gaining a first class honours degree in music,
psychology and education. Julie has pursued a varied freelance playing
and teaching career with three commercial recordings in her name to
date. She is universally respected by all ages and abilities for her
master classes and loved for the irrepressible joie de vivre
that has enticed players of all levels to her ‘Flutes En Vacances’
courses and concerts, held in such tantalizing destinations as Budapest, Venice,
Paris, Seville, Oman, Bahrain, Prague, Marrakech, Montenegro, Moscow, Lisbon,
Tuscany, Istanbul and Bangkok. Embassy Concerts, corporate presentations and
musical soirees also feature highly on Julie's programme.
one of the most experienced teachers of adults, children and students
in the world, she is constantly in demand for her expertise and well
liked for her willingness to accept a challenge with a smile and ever
present enthusiasm. For seven years she was teacher of flute and
piccolo at Trinity Music College, London, UK. Many of her students gain major scholarships to prestigious educational establishments such as Eton, Harrow, Chethams, Wells, Purcell School, Cheltenham Ladies College and St Pauls, London. For
18 years she was events co-ordinator and international liaison for the
British Flute Society and organized the international UK Flute
Convention biannually with Trevor Wye. Since 2012, she has been a tutor and administrator on The International Flute Summer School hosted by Trevor Wye, with 30 students attending from all over the world.
has visited many international educational establishments in Egypt,
Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Thailand, Russia, Canada, USA, UK, France,
Russia, Spain, the Gulf States and Portugal to observe and assist with
teaching programmes and is into her 30th year of organizing residential music courses for flute, clarinet and saxophone players.
now? With passport in hand and bags always packed, she is a freelance
flute teacher in London, UK and music education consultant, presenter, workshop and
seminar leader, worldwide.
email : Julie Wright email@example.com
a graduate of the internationally renowned Chethams School of Music and
the Royal Northern College of Music and is acclaimed as a distinctive,
versatile clarinetist and musician. Appearing as concerto and recital
soloist he has performed throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, the
Middle and the Far East.
has performed and recorded extensively with most UK orchestras including the
Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC
Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Opera
North, Glyndebourne Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Halle Orchestra, and
Northern Sinfonia with such artists as Jorge Bolet, Sir James Galway,
Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Radu Lupu, Nigel Kennedy, Gennady Rozhdestvensky,
Sir Michael Tippet, HK Gruber and Gunter Schuller amongst many.
great demand as both a classical soloist and commercial artist, his
credits include film, television and radio productions. He has toured in concert with such diverse artists as Stevie Wonder,
Neil Sedaka, Eartha Kitt, Michael Ball, Ronnie Hazelhurst and Shirley
Bassey. London West End credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Les
Miserables, West Side Story, Chess, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Barnum
and Oklahoma amongst many others.
an arranger and composer Nicholas has written and arranged for the
concert platform, television and radio, producing music from solo items
to full big band arrangements. A large number of his works are
available through his own publishing company; www.ZamzamMusic.com ranging from study books, duets and trios to large scale ensembles.
has established himself as a teacher of high repute with pupils
attending his classes worldwide. He has been Professor of Saxophone at
Liverpool Hope University and held similar positions in Spain and the
Middle East, including the post of Head of Woodwind at the Royal
Military School of Music in Oman. He
is also a co-founder of 'Worldwide Woodwind Workshops', an organization
promoting practical music in schools around the World. Based
in southern Europe, he divides his time equally between performing,
teaching and composing. Engagements this year include appearances and
master classes in Russia, Spain, Portugal, UK, Italy, France, Morocco, Montenegro and
email : Nicholas Foster firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Julie and Nick at work in Moscow, March 2012 at the Anglo American School
International School Prague March 2013
Anglo American School Moscow April 2014
Julie at work in the Kid's College in Seoul South Korea June 2014
Link to more detailed webpages
Wright is one of the most extraordinary teachers and inspirer of
children of all ages that Britain has produced. With almost 34 years
experience organising and creating original workshops, courses and
concerts all over the world, her approach to music making and
instrumental technique produces amazing results in a very short space of
time. She is equally effective with individual students of all levels, a
small number of talented flute-players, a complete Junior Wind band or
groups of advanced students.
Her energy, experience and
charisma motivates all the students to enjoy making music with
her whilst learning how to work to improve their technique.
FROM Dr ATARAH BEN-TOVIM MBE Hon D.Mus ARAM LRAM ARCM
www.atarah.tv email : email@example.com
Associated Board of The Royal Schools Representative France
I have known Julie for many years, both as a fine player and as a
British Flute Society International Conventions. I have also observed
her as a coach and teacher helping both
amateurs and professionals
with their flute playing problems and I cannot think of anyone more
suited to the task of coaching and conducting flute ensembles. She is
not only the most experienced person in this country, but widely sought
I can recommend her to you without reservation of any kind.
Trevor Wye (FRNCM)
www.trevorwye.com email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Foster is a truly gifted teacher, always inspiring his pupils with a love of the instrument and music.
gives his students technical tools to achieve their capabilities on
their instruments, whether on clarinet, saxophone or flute. He is a
multi-faceted musican equally at home with classical, jazz and popular
repertoire on all three instruments. Being a successful arranger and
composer, he is a very motivational theory and composition teacher too!
worked with him on several courses, whether he teaches individual
lessons, or ensembles, he is a dedicated and caring teacher who always
gets maximum results.
FROM Dr ATARAH BEN-TOVIM MBE Hon D.Mus ARAM LRAM ARCM
www.atarah.tv email email@example.com
Associated Board of The Royal Schools Representative, France
Julie and Nick at work
May 2013 : Gavin Pettinger, Director of Music at Newland House School says....
"Julie and Nick run the most inspiring, fun and worthwhile music courses around.
Dozens of our students have attended their courses and have benefited greatly
from their expert tuition, buzzy workshops and opportunities to perform
at every turn.
These are the courses where your child really can expect to make the equivalent of
a year’s musical progress in just a few days. All the music is arranged by Nick to suit
the level and experience of each player and the concerts are relaxed and fun, enabling
instrumentalists to flourish and gain confidence as they progress onto the next level.
courses are held in beautiful venues with superb home cooked food and
opportunities for country pursuits and outdoor concerts.
Team work, making new friends and the camaraderie of playing in ensembles
all come as part of the package - Nick an Julie are the perfect hosts as well as top
musicians and educators themselves. 10/10!"
Williams is a former UK headteacher and now works as an International
school inspector. Before leaving Oman she worked with a Music and Arts
Institute, using her own music degree and knowledge, to expand the
provision of music and arts in Muscat. It was during this period that
she arranged to host a "Flutes en Vacances" course at the Institute.
of my greatest desires is to ensure that students who take music also
have a chance to make music with others of all standards. It was
wonderful to see the flute group doing exactly this when they visited
the Institute. The enthusiasm and happy faces of all ages will alsways
be imprinted on my memory!
Of course this did not happen by
accident; the careful planning and arranging of music and groups by Nick
and Julie were the driving force of the success of the event.
exuded enthusiasm throughout the course and guided the members through a
series of concerts with smooth organisation and confidence.
the most pleasurable aspects was to see young teenagers mixing with ease
with older members of the group, secure in the knowledge that playing
the flute was a "cool activity" and did not mean that you had be stuffy
or serious. In fact, Julie and her infectious enthusiasm is so
charismatic that she could make serving tea at the WI cool!
Such organisations as this should be encouraged and praised and I fully endorse the work of Julie and Nick.
of Music, Anglo American School Moscow where Julie and Nick were at
work in March 2010 ... 2011 ...2012 ...2013 and soon to go in 2014
REFLECTIONS- from some of the Anglo American School Students
and her partner Nick were really helpful. She really inspired me by the
amount of energy she put into everything. I was so surprised when I saw
how much energy she had because I didn't expect a person like her (from
my first impression) to have as much energy as she proved she had. She
really woke the flutes up and helped us emphasize the staccato notes in
our music. And she helped everyone in the band be more excited. I
noticed a huge improvement in the saxophones. My favorite part with our
guests was when Julie took all the flutes in the practice room and
taught us to energize our staccato notes. I also enjoyed the 15 minute
lesson as it helped me very much on the little, but important, things
that I was doing wrong. Unfortunately the lesson was very short and
therefore I did not get to work on as many things with Julie as I
would've liked. The really impressive part of their visit at AAS was the
concert. I was amazed at the things Julie could do on the flute and at
how clearly and beautifully Nick played the saxophone and the clarinet.
It was really enjoyable.
8th grade flute
thought my sound was good enough, and my flute skills were good enough,
however, after having lesson with professional flute teacher, I figured
it out I still need to practice more! I was impressed by her skills,
and it made me practice harder. ☺ The incorporation was that before I
start to play the music, I start with the exercise that she thought me.
If I start with that exercise, my sounds are better, and I always listen
to my sound while I play my flute. How it sounds like, and how I should
improve my sound.
Thing that inspired me the most was, the way
she played the flute, was amazing for me. I have a flute teacher, and he
is also a professional flute player, and I thought he was the best
player ever in the world (lol☺) but he wasn’t. How she played flute, how
she thought me, how she was talking to me, it was all very surprising.
It was very short time. 15 minutes weren’t a lot, but I learnt a lot
from that 15 minute lesson. I was surprised by how many different types
of flutes there are, and how she played piccolo. I have played piccolo
before, but it was really hard, and I couldn’t even make a sound.
However, for her, it was just so easy and sounded really good. Also, the
long piece that she played with her voice and her flute were amazing
too. I have never seen a person playing flute with their voice, and I
saw her playing! It was surprising and wanted to play flute like she
Every single time with her was valuable and enjoyable. However,
the concert and little 15 minutes teaching session were the most
enjoyable time. The concert was very short. It was only 30 minutes, but
she played loads of pieces without resting. When I play flute for long
time, my arms get tired, so I normally give up. However, she kept going
and played the whole music. It was very valuable and thoughtful for me. I
looked back and thought, I was just being childish and whining. After
that, I played longer without whining, and thought her lesson was very
useful to me.
10th grade flute
the guests arrived, I got to learn how to change from lower notes to
higher notes, sounding better, and I got to learn a couple of new music
pieces. I especially liked being taught swan lake by Nick even though it
was very hard. I found playing the song SWAN LAKE most surprising,
because it had three different parts, and sounded great. It surprised me
because I heard it before in the theatre, and it sounded great!! It
also was hard. If I were given more time with them, I would really want
to practice the song SWAN LAKE, and improve on it to sound better.
7th grade sax
THANK YOU so much. I wanted to send you some of the reflections from the students. There
were tons to pick from all with similar positive feedback. I've
attached a page of three random ones for you to see - read them on one
of those days where you need to be reminded why you are doing what it is
you are doing !!
The level of motivation has risen in each and every group - perfect for this time of year.
It helped me as well !
Trevor Wye Teachers' Course
Treowen, Monmouth UK February 2012
A big 'thank you' for being such a wonderful hostess these past days.
enjoyed it immensely as did the students and I can't believe how you
took those great Forum sessions and kept us all under control as well as
cooked such lovely food.
Of course, the irreplaceable and excellent Nick
also worked very hard, but it was all your co-ordination and
energy that made it a lovely few days.
Thank you!...and please thank Nick again.
Lots of love and I hope the rest goes well.
Thank you for an amazing weekend!
felt inspired and uplifted to be part of a group of people who strive
for the real meaning and Art of Flute playing and teaching. Ideas and
opinions were shared, discussed and demonstrated and you, dear Julie,
and Trevor, cleverly steered us through the pitfalls and technical
issues that present themselves throughout our lives of teaching and
Thank you for enabling us to have this opportunity of
meeting and listening to the incomparable Trevor Wye and his
brilliantly ordered mind and talent.
The majestic Treowen
House, the grounds, surrounding countryside and the delicious food and
wine were much appreciated by everyone.
I have returned home with renewed vigour and ideas for my students and for my own flute playing!....thanks to you!
wanted to tell you what a great time I had at your course in Monmouth,
and of course it was a real pleasure to have met you! I think you and
Nick did such an amazing job with venue, course activities, energy, and
all that delicious food (YUM!!!)
Thank you very much for having me, and very much looking forward to the next time we meet!
Dear Julie and Nick
I just reorganize my notes from the flute course in Monmouth, lots of new ideas!
I've never been to a course like this, and I don't think there are any in Taiwan.
Thank you again for giving me a chance to attend such a wonderful course.
I get many inspiration and passion toward teaching from you.
Hope in the future I could also be an experienced and innovative teacher as well as flutist as you are.
am writing to thank you for the wonderful course last weekend with
Trevor, Nick and yourself which was brilliantly organised and
thoroughly exciting, thought provoking and enlightening! Your
enthusiasm was amazing and sometimes frightening (in a good way!) - you
wore me out just watching you :) I love your energy xx
course was invaluable to me as a fledgling teacher and I learned so
much in just a few days with you and Trevor, who is an absolute darling
and a truly wonderful, gifted and generous man. Such a legend!
food was wonderful (too wonderful actually - I put on a few pounds over
the three days!) and I'd like to thank you and Nick in preparing and
cooking food that was made with love and suitable for us all to eat,
enjoy and share.
I just wanted to drop you both a
quick note to thank you again for a wonderful course this weekend. We
had a great time and learned such a lot from interacting with the two
of you and the other experienced teachers. And of course, the food and
location were amazing!!
Thank you for all the trouble you went
to putting the course together, and for inviting us to join you. It
was certainly a treat!
Adult Course with Julie and Nick at Home Farm Witney, Oxfordshire
Thanks for a wonderful course - the memories will stay with me forever!
Dear Julie and Nick,
wanted to thank you for the excellent course last weekend. I was very
apprehensive when I booked it; I was unsure about whether it would be
worth such a long drive on a Friday night after work, but it surpassed
any expectations I had for it. It was so inspiring to get advice from
someone who is a flute, rather than a clarinet, specialist. It is
incredible that small pieces of information can make such a difference
to the tone of playing - I promise I will try to implement all the
advice given. You managed to strike just the right balance between
being challenging with what was expected whilst still making the tasks
achievable and fun. It was also great to get the chance to play with
Away from the music: the warm welcome I was given
as soon as I arrived certainly put me at ease immediately. The food
was wonderfully prepared and the company relaxed and interesting. I
would certainly love to come on one of your courses again sometime. If
you are arranging one at the right standard for me, that falls in a
school holiday, then please let me know.
I hope the rest of your week with the kids went well.
All the best to both of you,
I feel much more confident and inspired since I came back from the course.
thank you for a wonderful course with such a lovely group
and wonderful playing (and food!).
I had a very nice time and I really felt that I was amongst
very good friends.
Thanks for everything
Therapy Course with Atarah Ben-Tovim,
Julie Wright and Nick Foster
Treowen Monmouth UK February 2012
I can at least still do the first of those. I can say without any doubt
that it was a completely unique experience and I must have been on
dozens of courses over the last 40 years, starting with a very old one
(still running) organised by Jimmy (violin) and June Maddox (oboe) when
I was just fifteen, younger even than Orlando. One of the best things
was that we were treated the whole time like adults. There is an
unfortunate tendency for professional players to go into "teacher
mode" making even their adult pupils feel like children, not a pleasant
experience to be talked down to. Like most older people I like to be
told straight out when something is not right, so I can set about
mending it. The food and drink of course made it an even more memorable
experience as did the magnificent surroundings!
is more I am grateful for this magnificent 7 days which I could spent
with you and with wonderful professors who gave me so many advices and
Thank you for care at me and all good things which you gave me. I learn from you a lot and I never forgot this.
I hope we will meet each other again. :)
Worldwide Woodwind Workshops
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