Sir James Galway's FIRST FLUTE Now Available
Legendary flute master Sir James Galway makes his expertise widely available with First Flute, for Beginners & Beyond, an online interactive series of lessons geared for flute students and music lovers of all ages. One of the most beloved and recognizable classical musicians performing today, Sir James shares his invaluable technical advice, practice methods, and secrets for success with flutists seeking to perfect their skills - all delivered with his signature warmth and panache.
First Flute was launched last month in New York City at Merkin Concert Hall / Kaufman Music Center at an event attended by television and print media, many of the city's top flutists and musicians, and flute enthusiasts of all ages. As part of the event, which was hosted by pianist and NPR host Christopher O'Riley, Sir James also performed with student flutists from Special Music School and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center.
Conceived and developed by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, First Flute demonstrates the couple's passion for music education, and their dedication to access to music education for all. While maintaining a busy International touring and recording career, Sir James now devotes as much time as possible to mentoring and teaching, his technique and style considered invaluable to flute players worldwide. In addition to offering frequent masterclasses and residencies around the world, Sir James and Lady Galway host the Galway Flute Festival & Academy annually near their home in Switzerland, attracting over 100 flute players from across the globe. First Flute is their platform for music education, as one way to reach children who don't have access to weekly lessons, along with many others who can benefit from learning directly from Sir James.
For Sir James, First Flute is the realization of a long-held desire to make his method and expertise available to a larger public: "So many flute players, of all levels, have reached out to me over the years for advice," comments Sir James, continuing, "Many gifted players are missing some basic fundamental elements that could improve their playing for a lifetime. I am thrilled that I can share this advice, in a systematic way, with a much wider audience through First Flute."
These fifteen online lessons, called Foundations, include proper posture and fingering, tips and cautions, your "Practice Room" - with downloadable sheet music - and repertoire, in addition to an extensive glossary of musical terms, biographical information on composers, and exclusive concert footage.
First Flute is now available at an introductory price of $99.
Sir James Galway has had the honor to perform for dignitaries from Presidents to Popes, Emperors and Queens, and shared the stage with an amazing variety of entertainers, from Pink Floyd to Jessye Norman. He also devotes much of his free time supporting many charitable organizations such as UNICEF, SOS and Youth Music (UK), amongst others. Sir James held the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, and, since launching his career as a soloist in 1975, has sold over 30 million albums.