undefinedElizabeth Walker and Sarah Murphy

A wonderful opportunity for amateur adult flautists of all ages and standards to take a short overnight break from Christmas preparations and celebrate playing flute arrangements of several Christmas classics together.


Resident: £402 Non-Resident: £292 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 24/284

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Tuesday 14 May 2024

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Tuesday 4 June 2024

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

All the fun and excitement of Christmas combined with expert tuition from Liz and Sarah as they bring arrangements of all the festive classics to Benslow. Flute warm-ups and techniques will not be ignored, but the focus will be on flute ensemble music for all.

Elizabeth Walker performs regularly on baroque, 8 keyed and modern flutes, primarily in orchestras based in the UK, and has given solo recitals in festivals and conventions in Holland, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando, Switzerland and throughout the UK. She teaches at the specialist music school in Wells and runs an annual flute course in Tuscany (www.flutesintuscany.co.uk) which offers tuition, masterclasses and chamber groups to talented young flautists and adults. She is an Artist with Pearl Flute Europe.

She has arranged and recorded music for flute and piano, including her highly successful ‘Four Strauss songs’ published at Alry Publications; and has written two award winning study books, ‘Baroque Flute Studies’ (Winner – Best Flute Method NFA 2015) and ‘Baroque Studies for Modern Flute’ (Winner – Best Flute Method NFA 2017) available from wonderfulwinds.com.

Elizabeth has recorded the Telemann 12 Fantasias “…if you like her sound as much as I do, you will want to listen to …Elizabeth’s recent recording of Telemann Fantasias… over and over again”. BRTISH FLUTE SOCIETY Journal – PAN and the Flute Sonatas by J.S. Bach for Quartz Music https://quartzmusic.com and Schubert’s works for flute and piano for the record label Devine Music https://www.devinemusic.co.uk using her original Louis Lot flute, no 435, coupled with Chopin's Pleyel piano dating from 1848.

For more information and links to Elizabeth’s YouTube recordings can be found at www.lizwalker.co.uk.

Sarah Murphy is a flautist, composer and music facilitator based in Northern Ireland. Elizabeth and Sarah met and studied together at the Royal College of Music as a junior exhibitioner and then at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sarah has a portfolio career working as an international performer, workshop facilitator and music consultant and increasingly as a commissioned composer.

As a performer Sarah has a varied career playing classical flute as a chamber musician and freelance orchestral flautist and in addition has played a variety of ethnic flutes as part of contemporary and world music groups. Sarah works with Arts Council Ireland as a Creative Associate Artist for their Creative Schools programme. She has a private practice in Derry Northern Ireland, is the Flute tutor for University of Ulster and teaches annually on the Flutes in Tuscany summer course. 

In 2010 Sarah co-founded Wall2Wall Music, a music company which designs and delivers creative music workshops based around collaborative composition and performance.

Tutor website: www.lizwalker.co.uk / www.sarahmurphy.org.uk

What will we cover?

Flute ensemble experience, use of piccolo, alto and bass flutes, combined with warm ups and flute techniques, such as intonation, tone and articulation.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Perform with confidence in an ensemble.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

We can find a suitable part for you – from advanced to beginner.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

In person, some preparation would be good, but not essential.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?


Is there anything I need to bring?

Flute – (piccolo/alto/bass flute if possible).

What previous participants said about this course…

“An exciting adventure with expert and inspiring tuition in beautiful surroundings.”

“An amazing week filled with heaps of flute, friendship, focus and fun in the most beautiful setting which inspires you to learn. The memories I made, and everything I learnt here, I know will last forever.”

“New music, new friends, great food, stunning location; what more could one want!”