Flautist sets musicians on the right note

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BUDDING musicians hit high notes in a special masterclass held at a local music centre.

Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s resident flautist Kathy Seabrook paid a visit to youngsters at Scarborough Area Music Centre, which runs on Saturdays at Sixth Form College, to pass on playing tips and techniques and to give a talk about her rich musical background.

Mrs Seabrook studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has gone on to work with Scottish Opera, English National Ballet, in London’s West End and on national tours including Oklahoma, Evita, Barnum, and Me and My Girl.

In the workshop students played their favourite pieces to the musician who then helped them to improve their performance before they staged an informal concert for parents.

Jan Corrie, press officer for the Scarborough Area Music Centre said: “During the workshop Kathy took the group through performance techniques including vibrato, double tonguing articulation and tone development.

“Also covered were basic techniques such as positioning your chair, listening to each other, developing peripheral vision to follow the conductor whilst reading the music, and how to keep going whatever happens!

“It was a wonderful experience for the young musicians to have such a professional as Kathy work with them. They will have found the workshop a great benefit to their musical development. “