Talking Flutes!

The #1 Flute Podcast Channel ‘Talking Flutes‘ where the recipe and ingredients are very simple. Take a leading flute player, author, golfer and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Clare Southworth) and mix with flute player, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Public Speaker and Managing Director of the world famous TJ flute brand (Jean-Paul Wright). Then speak with some of the world‘s leading flute players including Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Gareth Davies (too many more beautiful flute playing guests to mention in a single paragraph), and gently mix these together with some Grammy and Emmy winning musicians. Top with mental health awareness advice from Dr Joe Stammeijer and finish with some stunning music, laughs and plenty of fun.

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173. What do you call somebody who plays the flute? - Clare Southworth & Jean-Paul Wright

Monday Jul 26, 2021

"Flutist, Flautist, Flute player?" The name really does matter to some! This week on "Your flute questions answered part 3" Clare and Jean-Paul look at Clare's favourite recording of her playing 'Valse Caprice" by Daniel S. Wood and look at the pros and cons of listening to recordings of pieces you're playing. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com 

172. Growing your Instagram account and more! - Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright

Monday Jul 19, 2021

"My parents want me to study an academic subject and I want to study music performance, what can I do?" This week on 'Talking Flutes', Clare and Jean-Paul answer more questions which you have been sending in. From growing your Instagram account to should I study a non musical subject at University? 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com

171 - Double & Triple tonguing for the flute player - Clare & Jean-Paul

Monday Jul 12, 2021

De-Ge-De-Ge or Te-Ke-Te-Ke or Du-Gu-Du-Gu or Tu-Ku-Tu-Ku what is the right way to double tongue? Part 1 or 4 - In  'Talking Flutes' this week, Clare and Jean-Paul begin the process of answering all the flute playing questions that you've been sending in.  "How do you double and triple tongue may seem an easy question to those who can do it but to young flute players, learning to do it is completely dependent on so many factors. Clare also speaks up about her love for the Open G# mechanism and why so many principal orchestral flute players still use this system. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com

170. "You need to love your voice" - Frederic Sanchez

Monday Jul 05, 2021

"Circular breathing is a good warm up!" "We all look at sound in a very unique way.  To some visual people colours work, but to me, it's about vocal sounds..." This week on 'Talking Flutes Extra' Jean-Paul speaks with the brilliant Spanish flute player Frederic Sanchez about his passion for teaching and his journey to help other flute players "find their voice".  Conducted via zoom and also 'Live' on social media the podcast audio has some issues when Frederic demonstrates on the flute but that aside, sit back and listen to the wisdom of how "You need to love your voice...Your Flute Voice!" You can find Frederic Sanchez on Instagram @fredericflute 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com   

169. The most relevant new flute album today? - José Valentino

Monday Jun 28, 2021

'Embarkation - The resilience of humanity amid Covid-19'  So this week and with modern technology continuing to be at the forefront (We in the UK still can’t travel to the USA due to covid restrictions) I managed to catch up with Latin Grammy and Emmy winning composer, musician and polymath Jose Valentino at his home in Florida a couple of days ago to speak about his stunning new album ‘Embarkation – The resilience of humanity amid covid-19 which he’s just completed with the brilliant Bruno Miranda and featuring Vladimir Suarez, Jose Leonardo Leon and Derris Lee. And as you will hear, what started out as a general chit chat about the album, developed in to us listening to the whole recording and chatting about each piece.  So sit back and enjoy my chat with José which includes lots of flute playing. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com

168. Why flute study books are so important! - Elizabeth Walker & Clare Southworth

Monday Jun 21, 2021

"We need stimulating studies and not ones that crush or demoralise you!" In 'Talking Flutes' this week, Clare speaks again with the fabulous Elizabeth Walker this time on the important subject of study books.  In this hour long podcast they discuss many areas of flute studies for tone development, finger technique, articulation, sequences and take a look at their favourite  study books in each of these areas. From Moyse to Bernold, Karg-Elert to Robert Winn, Anderson to Robert Dick and so many more. We always love hearing from you so please continue to send in your comments and suggestions for future podcasts to flutepodcasts@gmail.com or via the 'Talking Flutes' Facebook page. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com

167. Fun is my 'F' Word - José Valentino & Gualo

Monday Jun 14, 2021

"We need to cut the umbilical with those nerves and just let go when we improvise - now more than ever we need some fun in our lives" This week Jean-Paul revisits a podcast going back a little while when he caught up in the beautiful Santa Monica in Los Angeles with the then, new Emmy wining musicians José Valentino (flute) and Gualo (guitar).  Since this recording was originally aired, both Gualo and José have gone on to win countless more awards including a Latin grammy win for Jose only a few months ago. In normal times, the stresses of study, finding work and then performances are immense for most performing artists. Combine this with the additional issues faced during the last 18 months of Covid-19 and that L world ‘Lockdown’…. and the word ‘fun’ in particular has been bottom of many of our vocabularies as the virus still continues to ravage populations around the world  whilst musicians have an continue to struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table.  So in choosing the podcast this week, I just wanted us to at least begin to look at the ‘fun’ word again in our music making. When we listen to music we use it to escape, to remember, to smile, to dance, to cry, or to find ourselves motivated and stimulated by an auditory pattern of sounds that goes deep within our being. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by TJ flutes in the UK.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com    So for the next 58 minutes, sit back and listen to these wonderful musicians improvising and speaking about the importance of that ‘F’ word!

166. You can't tell a flute player what instrument to play, they decide! - David Farley

Monday Jun 07, 2021

"I love taking a spark of an idea and being able to formulate a new instrument or changes to an existing one!" In 'Talking Flutes Extra' this week, Jean-Paul speaks with David Farley technical director at TJ flutes in London (U.K) about his last 30 years of working with musical instruments, and his dedication and commitment to learning from the great makers before us. David also speaks about the wonderful new 'Voce' headjoint, the new wooden flute that he's designed and his drive to get the Open G# flute back in to circulation at an affordable price. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com  

165. Breaking down barriers to bring live music to children! - Atarah Ben-Tovim M.B.E

Monday May 31, 2021

2000 concerts, 2 million children and 12 years of musical Joy! In part 2 of her interview with Atarah Ben-Tovim M.B.E Clare asks about the fabulous Atarah's Band and how it came about.  "Doing large scale kids concerts in big auditoriums wasn't an easy sell as a woman back in the 60's and 70's." Atarah also speaks about the use of the thumb Bb vs the long Bb fingering and whilst she doesn't get nervous as a performer, does when she accompanies her students in their exams! If you have any questions or ideas for future podcasts then get in touch via flutepodcasts@gmail.com 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com  

164. "There's a moment in life when something clicks" - Atarah Ben-Tovim MBE

Monday May 24, 2021

"If I'd had been a man, life with the flute would have been very different!" This week on 'Talking Flutes' in the first of a two part podcast Clare speaks with the enigmatic, colourful and tour de force that is Atarah Ben-Tovim M.B.E about being involved in the flute playing world for over 60 years.  From breaking down barriers and being Principal Flute in Liverpool during the 60's and the time of the Beatles, to her continued love and passion for flute study. Atarah Ben-Tovim, MBE is a British flautist and children's concert presenter.  Born in Wales, Ben-Tovim played her first television concert live at the Royal Albert Hall, at the age of fourteen. She was principal flautist with the National Youth Orchestra, and then from 1963-75 principal flautist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She left the RLPO to found Atarah's Band in 1975, a group which sought to improve children's experiences with classical music. Atarah was awarded the MBE in 1980 for her work in this field. During its lifetime, the band played to over three million people.In the late 1980s, BBC Radio Three made the programme Atarah's Music Box, all about children and music. Omnibus devoted a programme to her work, as did Blue Peter and Magpie. Her own television series, Atarah's Music, aimed at primary school children, aired in 1982. Together with her husband Douglas Boyd she published The Right Instrument for Your Child followed by You Can Make Music!. 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute Company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com   

163. 'How to Shhh that annoying inner voice!' - Jean-Paul Wright

Monday May 17, 2021

You only need 10 minutes to re-charge yourself! In a very different  'Talking Flutes Extra' this week, co-host Jean-Paul speaks about the importance for us to spend a little time each day resting the social media 'scrolling' finger.  "We need to regularly reboot ourselves, to destress and find some peace. Meditation / Mindfulness / Creative Visualisation or whatever you wish to call it is the perfect way to begin this journey" (Do not listen whilst you are driving or using machinery as there are guided meditations and exercises included in this podcast.) Meditation is simple.  Despite what you may already believe, you don't have to wear funny clothes, sit in a weird position with hands facing upwards and thumb and fingers in an 'O' position chanting 'Ommm'.  You don't have to be a vegetarian and you certainly don't have to subscribe to a certain faith or philosophy.   So sit back and enjoy this 50 minute relaxing podcast. For more information and loads of completely free mediations visit www.thehappyflutist.com 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com      

162. The wonder and joy of playing in a flute choir - Andrea Kuypers

Monday May 10, 2021

"The importance of building up rather than knocking down in teaching!" This week on 'Talking Flutes', Clare speaks with the wonderful teacher, performer and founder and conductor of the 'Flutes Unlimited' flute choir and host of the 'Flutes du Soleil' summer flute course held in France Andrea Kuypers. During the podcast Andrea speaks about how she learnt from her own experiences of 'negative' teaching methods (knocking down to build back up) when she herself was a music college to focus her own students only on the positive aspects of learning and developing their own unique styles and musicality.  They also speak about the wonderful 'no pressure' summer flute course held each year in France called 'Flues du Soleil' . Andrea is a freelance performer. She has performed and recorded with all the major Scottish Orchestras and has been fortunate enough to work with such renowned soloists as Mel Torme, George Shearing, Jack Jones, James Galway, Nichola Benedetti and The Priests. You can find out more information about Andrea and her wealth of flute activities by visiting www.kuypers.co.uk 'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com    

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The 'Talking Flutes' Podcast Recipe

The ingredients are very simple.

Take  a leading flute player, author, golfer and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Clare Southworth) and mix with flute player, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Public Speaker and Managing Director of the world famous TJ flute brand (Jean-Paul Wright).

Interviews with world leading flute players including Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Denis Bouriakov,  Paul Edmund-Davies, Gareth Davies (too many more beautiful flute playing guests  to mention in a single paragraph), and gently mix these together with some Grammy and Emmy winning musicians.   Top with metal health awareness advice from Dr Joe Stammeijer and finish with some stunning music, laughs and plenty of fun.

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