County Flute Choir

​The County Flute Choir is one of the woodwind chamber groups of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Thursday evenings in Room 14 at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 5pm to 6pm.

The Flute choir in performance at Spinney Theatre, May 2015 

About the Flute Choir

Director: Debra RetfordThe director for the 2017 to 2018 season is Debra Retford (pictured).

Originally formed in the 1980s as an opportunity for flautists with non-specialist teachers to benefit from the expertise of a specialist teacher, the flute choir quickly developed into a performing group in its own right, now using between 9 and 12 flutes as well as piccolos, alto and bass flutes.

The repertoire available for the group often includes extended performance techniques including: flutter tonguing, rattling the keys, turning the flutes into percussion instruments and even whistling and humming down their instruments!

Their annual programme includes a series of concerts around the county and regular appearances at the regional round of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Recent Letters to Members

How to join us

Members of the Flute Choir are drawn by invitation from players in our county groups. Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information. 

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