Flute Workshop - Wissam Boustany & Lisa Nelsen

18th November 2012, Winchester Cathedral

10am - 4.30pm in the Education Centre, with evening concert at 7pm in the Prior's Hall

Tickets £25 for the day, recommended for players Grade 3 and above. Available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office, 01962 857275 or www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk. Please state your standard at the time of booking.

I am delighted to welcome Wissam back to Winchester and also to introduce Lisa Nelsen. Both innovative and energetic, these musicians will be working on all aspects of flute performance. There will be a mixture of warm up, technique, ensemble playing and masterclass sessions. Just Flutes will also bring their visiting trade stand with a selection of instruments, sheet music and accessories. You can request specific instruments or music to be brought down on the day, why not browse their selection at www.justflutes.com.

Lisa’s overriding passion for the stage is evident in concert, classes and adjudications for festivals. She grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada, and fed on all kinds of music, from opera to rock to jazz. She makes many venues her stage, and thrives on sharing the energy that performances can generate. Aquilae Duo is her exciting partnership with solo harpist Eleanor Turner. She is a guest member of The Harborough Collective, a chamber ensemble led by internationally acclaimed violinist David Le Page. Lisa gives concerts and masterclasses in venues across the UK, Canada, the United States, and most recently Hong Kong, having appeared as a guest artist at Aberystwyth MusicFest, Swaledale Festival, Orebro Flute Festival in Sweden, Canterbury Festival, Sounds New, Deal Festival, Leicester Music Festival, Banff Festival of the Arts and Musicamrose in Canada, as well as The British Flute Society Convention and Flutewise Barbican Events in London. Last year Lisa visited Canada as an Artist for Powell and Sonaré Flutes, giving a solo recital and masterclass at Queens University and the University of Ottawa, and made an appearance at the University of Toronto. She has just become the newest Professor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, teaching flute and coaching wind chamber groups and the orchestral winds. www.lisanelsen.com

One of only a few flutists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam Boustany is a performer who inspires audiences with his energetic and communicative music-making. Born in Lebanon, Wissam began his musical studies in Beirut with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He was also the Silver Medallist in the Shell/LSO Competition and won the second prize in the woodwind section of the first 'BBC Young Musician of the Year'. Wissam’s experiences of the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both Life and Music. In 1995 he founded Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. This project was inaugurated in February 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Wissam continues to use his music as a powerful healing force to open the doors of inspiration between people and nations, and help us reflect on our common humanity. Wissam currently teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.