4Flutes 2015 © Registered Charity 1099734 | Company Limited by Guarantee 04851061  

Events, workshops and inspiration for flute players of all ages and abilities

4Flutes Registered Charity 1099734

Who is behind 4Flutes?

4Flutes is run by a small team of volunteers who organise and coordinate all of 4Flutes events and activities. We are delighted and privileged to have international flute player and composer Mike Mower as our patron.

4Flutes has had continuous support from Jon Parkinson and John Packer Ltd in Taunton since its creation and is grateful to all those that help and support 4Flutes without whom our activities would not be possible.

Ruth graduated with a degree in music from Exeter University in 1997. Since then she has worked as a freelance flute player and an enthusiastic specialist teacher working with students of all ages and abilities including undergraduate, postgraduate and professional musicians.


Ruth has performed both flute and piccolo with some of the best orchestras here in the south west including: Ten Tors orchestra, British Philharmonic  Concert orchestra, Opera South West and the Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship playing a wide variety of music from opera to contemporary film music. She has enjoyed playing both nationally and in Europe including solo and ensemble performances on live television.


During her career Ruth has been proactive in creating, directing and encouraging a wide variety of musical projects including the formation, in  2011 of RWindband a new symphonic wind band based on a strong ethos of teamwork, progression and inspiration.


Ruth’s been actively involved with the Musicians Union for over 15 years and more recently in the formation of the Musicians’ Union teachers section in 2009. Currently chair of the Musicians’ Unions Teachers Section and HUB rep mentor both these roles enable Ruth to promote and encourage development and professionalism in instrumental teaching. Ruth has done numerous presentations on teaching around the country including a teaching workshops at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the British Flute Society Convention.

RUTH BALLANTYNE

Ineke has been playing the flute for a number of years in various orchestras and small ensembles including a jazz/latin band in Singapore. Ineke teaches in a primary school near Newton Abbott, so music making is her constant therapy and enjoyment away from the demanding life in the classroom.

Since meeting Ruth and Mike at the first flute event Ineke has been involved in the all subsequent Fundays taking small flute choirs and helping with ideas and organisation.

INEKE LEER

As our event technician Mike is a crucial part of every event and has helped with all the events even before the formation of 4Flutes. Having been involved in 4Flutes for so long Mike is excused being a saxophone player. He has recently purchased a flute unfortunately he won’t put his saxophones down long enough to learn to play it .. yet!

Within the charity Mike looks after the technical bits like sound and all the other stuff that everyone else avoids (usually because it’s heavy). Having worked in the Baltic through to Iraq over the years Mike has recently returned home and hung up his travelling boots. He has now established a thriving and highly regarded Woodwind Repair business and splits his time between repairing and playing the saxophone in a variety of bands. Mike covers risk assessment and some of the media work for the charity. But mainly still covers the Dogs bodies title.

Mike provides a constant source of inspiration for the “4Flutes” project as well as having the patience of a Saint!!!

MIKE NOTTAGE