Wellness Day - Sarah Newbold, Niall O'Riordan

14th October 2018, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, SO50 5ZA

Performers will benefit from this workshop. Learn how your body can improve and restrict your performance and what you can do to use it properly and gain the full benefit. Reduce pain when playing an instrument and become more aware of what can block and what can enhance your sound.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. As a flute player, come and experience different ways to incorporate wellness into your flute playing. The day will be led by flautists Sarah Newbold and Niall O'Riordan. There will be flute playing throughout the day as well as sessions on bodymapping, Feldenkrais, yoga and pilates.

Non-flute players are also invited to attend and can experience yoga, pilates, bodymapping and Feldenkrais.

Tickets are £25 (flute players) £20 (non flute players) available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/hampshiremusic

This day is supported by Just Flutes who will be on site with their travelling shop full of flutes, accessories and sheet music.

Suggested timetable ***subject to change before the event***
10am - registration

10.30am - class 1 - bodymapping with a flute focus (Sarah)

11.30am - break - non-flute players registration opens

11.45am - class 2 - yoga (Gemma) or flute masterclasses (Sarah / Niall)

12.45pm - lunch

1.15pm - class 3 - Pilates (Hannah) or flute technique (Niall)

2.15pm - break

2.30pm - class 4 - Fledenkrais (Niall) or flute choir (Sarah)

3.30pm - final play through / Q&A session, end of day for non-flute players

4pm - end of day

About the Artists

Sarah Newbold is a member of the Academy of St.Martin in- the- Fields and the New London Orchestra and formerly of both Welsh National Opera and the London Philharmonic, as a freelance player she works with most of the orchestras in Great Britain. A keen chamber musician Sarah is a member of Cardiff Winds, Dragonfly and Alvor Ensemble.

As a freelance flautist Sarah is able to work in a variety of musical styles ranging from opera, symphony and chamber orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to film sessions and some period instrument work.

Teaching plays an important part in Sarah's musical life; she has been a professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1989. In collaboration with Ian Clarke she redesigned the technical requirements for the woodwind at the Guildhall School, this has led to invitations to present workshops at the "Reflective Conservatoire" conference at the Barbican, London and also "Professional Development" Seminars in Finland and Norway.

In addition, since September 2010 Sarah has been a professor of flute at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Together with Zoe Smith, piano, she is director of the Llangenny Flute Summer School which has run annually since 2008.

Sarah is a regular coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and for the I-Culture orchestra in Poland. She is sought after as an adjudicator and examiner, regularly gives masterclasses and recitals in Britain and recently in Norway, Greece, Finland, Ireland and France.

Sarah Newbold studied the flute with Atarah Ben Tovim and Alan Lockwood at Huddersfield Polytechnic and with Peter Lloyd at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she completed her studies at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies.

Sarah is a Licensed Andover Educator teaching the art of movement in music (Body Mapping) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Niall O'Riordan

Described by critics as 'dazzling', 'tonally ravishing and technically flawless' (British Flute Society) Irish flutist Niall O'Riordan enjoys an international career as soloist and teacher. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious rising star award by Sir James Galway at the Galway International Flute Festival, Weggis, Switzerland and was presented with a 14k gold headjoint by Nagahara Flutes Boston.

As a soloist Niall has appeared at the Galway Flute Festival Switzerland (2015), Canadian Flute Convention (2013 & 2015), Budapest Flute Academy (2016) the British Flute Society Convention (2014), the San Francisco International Flute Festival (2014), Adams Flute Festival, Netherlands (2015 & 2016) and performs regularly around the world with pianist Anne Marshall. In 2015 the duo toured South Africa performing in such prestigious venues as Northwards House, Johannesburg and giving masterclasses in the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town.

Niall is an experienced and passionate teacher and holds advanced qualifications in flute pedagogy from Lund University, Sweden, where he was later visiting lecturer. He has taught masterclasses at the Kraków Academy of Music, Poland (2017), University College, Cork, and the Cork School of Music, assisted at the Oxford Flute Summer School (2006-2010), Leeds College of Music, York University and gave workshops at William Bennett's Summer School (2011).

Niall is a certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner and uses the method to help musicians reach their potential by learning about their functioning and how to act efficiently. He has taught Feldenkrais classes at the Galway International Flute Festival since 2012 and has published two successful Feldenkrais audio learning programmes for flutists. He is internationally recognised for his completely holistic approach to flute playing and teaching, drawing inspiration from psychology, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), yoga, metaphysics and visualisation. He has given workshops at the last four British Flute Society Conventions on his pioneering style.

Niall was awarded his MA and BMus from Cork School of Music, Ireland, where he received consecutive scholarships to study with Evelyn Grant and Sabine Ducrot. Since 2011, Niall has been mentored by Sir James Galway in Switzerland and London. He writes regularly for PAN magazine, the Journal of the British Flute Society.

Niall is a Sankyo Flutes International Artist.


Hannah Plom

Hannah has been practising Pilates since 1997, focussing on the Body Control Pilates method since 2003. Having experienced lower back pain, Hannah learned to appreciate the importance of spinal mobilisation. Her more recent rehabilitation from hip surgery has reinforced the healing and strengthening powers of Pilates to her. Hannah's decision to train as a Pilates teacher came from this understanding and her desire to share the benefits, and her love, of Pilates with others. She began her teacher training at the prestigious Body Control Pilates (R) Centre in London in 2010, and now holds the Level 3 (Advanced) Pilates Teacher status. She regularly attends Continued Professional Development courses, and utilises the full range of small equipment within her classes. She also holds the BCP "Teaching on the Reformer" qualification, and teaches on the full range of Studio apparatus. Other qualifications include the Level 3 award in Designing Pilates Programmes for Bone Health, and the Level 3 award in Designing Pre- and Post-natal Pilates Programmes. She holds a Back For Good (TM) specialist low back pain certification, and is currently studying for her Level 4 Low Back Pain Qualification and a new Level 4 Certificate in Instructing Applied Pilates Mat Work.

When Hannah isn't practicing or teaching Pilates, she can be found reading, swimming or playing her flute. A keen amateur flautist, she is currently an active member of the Meridian Winds Concert Band; Flautissimo, the Southampton Flute Orchestra; and the Winchester Flute Choir. She is very excited to be involved in this Wellness Day, and is looking forward to helping the participants acknowledge and address some of the imbalances we have in our bodies as a result of our music!