Wonderful Winds

Flute Days! Flitwick 2018

 Booking closed

  Flute Days! comes to Flitwick, Bedfordshire on 6th October 2018, for a day of Flute Ensemble fun for all ages and abilities!

  • Work on your sound, technique and ensemble skills in our unique warm up workshops.

  • Meet the big flutes, and play together in a large flute choir using an exciting range of Wonderful Winds pieces

  • Coached by Joss Campbell and Mel Orriss.

  • Just Flutes and Wonderful Winds Trade Stands.

    Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am - 6pm

    Woodland Middle School Academy
    Malham Close
    MK45 1NP

    For all players, all ages, Grade 1 - Diploma.
    Rusty retuners and nervous players encouraged!

Some reviews of last Summer's weekend in Okehampton.

"So amazing to have this Wonderful Winds weekend on our doorstep. We'd definitely sign up again. Thanks for an amazingly well organised event."

"Thank you both so much for making the weekend such a lot of fun & so full of great advice, reminders & tips. Good luck with your days around the country. I'll look forward to the next Okehampton days."

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for the flute workshop on Saturday - my daughter had a whale of a time with the music and trying out different flutes - she also made 3 new friends which was a bonus! The concert was really impressive and had a lovely relaxed, creative feel about it. She is definitely up for more!"

"I really enjoyed the Sunday Flute Day. It was well organised, with a good balance of activities for a big range of like-minded "fluties"! I will be looking out for the next one."

"...she loved every minute of it and has not stopped talking about her participation and experience ever since."

"Thank you for organising such a fantastic event. I enjoyed all of it and it was a joy to see so many youngsters there. Looking forward to the next one!"

"Thank you so much. Mum and daughter had such fun playing the flute together for the first time! And we loved the train whistles! We'll definitely be back next summer"

Joss Campbell and Mel Orriss have been firm friends since they met on their first day of 6th Form at Chetham's School of Music back in the 1980's, and have studied, worked and played together for well over thirty years. They share a kindred love and enthusiasm with all things flute and have developed a working chemistry that sees their workshops in demand all over the country. (Click on the names above to see more about your tutors.)


We are delighted that Just Flutes, Europe's biggest flute shop, will be joining us with a stand full of instruments, music, accessories and other goodies!


Wonderful Winds will also have their full range of 250+ flute pieces and books for sale on their trade stand.



Adults: £40.00 one day
Under 18s: £30 one day
Early Birds: book before 6th August for a £5.00 discount!
Booking closes: 21st September.


We are offering a bursary in the form of a free place to a player under 18 who would otherwise be unable to attend the workshops due to financial constraints. If this is something you would like to apply for, please contact either Joss or Mel in complete confidence. Bursary applications close 6th August.

What the day entails

Please click for the timetable.

  • Warm-ups - Get your flute bodies and minds ready for the day!
  • Sound workshop - Find your best possible sound; work on posture and breathing using music specifically designed for playing together.

  • Meet the big flutes! - An opportunity to try out the larger instruments of the flute family. Joss and Mel will be on hand to help you find a sound and get comfortable.
  • Massed flute choir - music will be distributed in advance so that you can start to prepare some of the repertoire to be covered.
  • Sectional rehearsals - a chance to work in more detail on the flute choir pieces in smaller groups, under the guidance of your coaches.

Informal Concert - We will have an informal concert at the end of the day. This is a very important aspect of the event; it gives you a goal, a sense of achievement and a chance to show friends and family the results of all your hard work! It's also a great chance to dispel any performance anxiety, playing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.The concert is at 5.30pm and is free!



To download and print an application form (and terms and conditions) and book your place, please click the links below. Booking is now closed for this event.

Adult Booking Form

Under 18 Booking Form

Terms and Conditions

Completing the booking form

Why do I need to put my playing level?
This vital information helps us to plan our repertoire for the day so that you won't be playing parts that are too difficult or too easy. Don't worry, we won't be testing anyone!

I have not taken a flute exam but have been playing for several years, how do I judge my playing level?

Please click here to see detailed guidelines for judging your approximate Grade.
If you are still unsure, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

The enrolment form mentions C flutes and others, what are they?
For those new to the flute choir world, there are various sizes of flutes within the flute family. The most common of these is the C flute, the one most of us usually play on. If you own or play a piccolo, alto, bass (or contrabass!), please bring it; we promise you won't play it for the whole day unless you want to! We will have a small number of these other flutes available to use on the day and some of you will have the opportunity to play them in the flute choir. Don't worry, you won't need to have played them before, and you don't need to transpose!

Player's Pack
Once you've enrolled in the workshop, we will send you a Player's Pack, from the 6th September onwards. This will contain some of the music for the massed flute sessions, and all the information you will need for the day.


Click here for directions to Woodland Middle School Academy.

If you have any questions about the workshops or need any help filling in the form(s), please do contact either Joss or Mel. We are more than happy to help!
Mel Orriss: mail@wonderfulwinds.com 07817 703844
Joss Campbell: josscampbell@hotmail.com 07930 093564