Hamish Napier’s Universal Scottish Flute and Whistle Course

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Hamish Napier’s Universal Scottish Flute & Whistle Course (3 Day Online)

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is excited to have award-winning and multi-instrumentalist folk musician Hamish Napier return to their Short Course Programme for summer 2020 to deliver his third course this year. As his popular workshops will be delivered online this year this opens the courses to participants worldwide.

The course consists of nine classes over three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) with three online classes each day at 16.00-17.00 / 17.30-18.30 / 19.30-20.30, all delivered via Zoom. Where possible classes will be limited to 16 students. Price: £110 (£99 for students)

Please note: Hamish’s Universal course at the beginning of July for beginner/intermediate players sold out quickly.

The course is open to both flute and whistle players and will encourage students to develop a happy relationship with their instrument. Hamish will encourage discussions on practice approaches and materials, performance confidence, ornamentation and articulation, intonation, tone, breathing technique and choosing good breathing places in tunes. There will also be some ‘need to know’ theory: rhythm games and four ‘need-to-know’ folk scales (and how to get them sounding free-flowing and effortless on your instrument). The workshops will also prioritise popular Scottish folk session repertoire that fits beautifully on flute and whistle.

The course will be taught mostly by ear, with supplementary sheet music and info handouts given each day. Boehm system flute players are also welcome!

Hamish was taught composition, music theory and wooden flute at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and at music schools and festivals all over the world. He currently performs with his own trio, and with Duncan Chisholm, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson. He also plays in a dare-devil folk duo called Nae Plans with innovate Scottish fiddler Adam Sutherland, involving completely unplanned, off-the-cuff performances.

He has been nominated for over a dozen Scots Trad Music Awards, including those for best album, composer, live act, best folk band and music tutor of the year. He was recently awarded Session Musician of the Year, having appeared on over forty Scottish folk albums with leading Scottish musicians such as: Duncan Chisholm, Mairi MacInnes, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, Treacherous Orchestra, Eddi Reader and Martyn Bennett. He has now settled back home in the Highlands to write music and develop music courses.