To the frustrated few, it's an "evil twig and to non flute players it is affectionately referred to as firewood.   The piccolo however in the right hands can be one of the most beautiful instruments to listen to.

"Playing the high register on the piccolo is totally down to our familiarity with playing up there.  You must think of the timbre of the note and not just squeeze and hope".

This week on 'Talking Flutes Extra' Jean-Paul speaks via WhatsApp to Sally Minter, subprincipal flute and piccolo of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra who on the 2nd August is hosting a Piccolo Makeover via Zoom.  Sally has come to love the piccolo and really wants flute players to begin the process of wanting to incorporate this lovely instrument in to their performance and practice.

To sign-up to the piccolo 'Makeover' then visit 

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