Talking Flutes

Talking Flutes

Welcome to the dynamic and captivating world of Talking Flutes, the ultimate Flute Podcast Channel that combines simplicity with sensational content. Join us as we unlock the secrets to flute mastery and dive into intriguing conversations with leading flute players, all while sprinkling in mental health awareness, stunning music, laughter, and boundless fun. Picture this: two extraordinary individuals with a passion for the flute come together to create something extraordinary. Meet Clare Southworth, a renowned flute player, author, golfer, and esteemed retired Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Add to the mix Jean-Paul Wright, flute player, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Public Speaker, and the Managing Director of the world-famous TJ flute brand. Together, they form a duet that will entertain and inspire you throughout your flute journey. Prepare yourself for a symphony of engaging conversations as we sit down with some of the world’s most prominent flute players. From the legendary Sir James Galway to the mesmerising Jasmine Choi, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Gareth Davies, and an extensive list of other phenomenal flute-playing guests, our podcast boasts an incredible lineup. And that’s not all – we’ll also be joined by Grammy and Emmy-winning musicians who will leave you in awe. But Talking Flutes is more than just remarkable interviews. We go beyond the flute to address mental health awareness, featuring advice and insights from Dr. Joe Stammeijer and Forensic Psychologist Dr Beth Wright. It’s essential to nourish not only your musical talents but also your well-being. Each episode is carefully crafted to provide a delightful blend of entertainment and education. Immerse yourself in captivating discussions, discover insider tips, and witness the magic of music as it intertwines with the stories and experiences of our esteemed guests. Laughter is the secret ingredient that infuses every episode, making Talking Flutes an enjoyable and light-hearted experience. So, are you ready to embark on this enchanting flute-filled journey? Subscribe to Talking Flutes today and join the vibrant community of flute lovers. Let the music, laughter, and wisdom nourish your passion for the flute and leave you craving more. It’s time to let your flute dreams soar with Talking Flutes as your trusted guide.


October 2, 2023 11 mins

How cultivating happiness improves performance and inspires change.

For musicians, the pursuit of excellence often takes centre stage, but equally important is the ability to find happiness in the musical journey. In this essay, we will explore strategies to cultivate happiness among musicians, enabling them to derive greater enjoyment from their performances. By understanding the link between happiness and musical expression, prac...

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Creative visualisation is a potent mental tool that allows individuals to harness the power of their imagination to achieve their goals and aspirations.

For musicians, this practice can be transformative, leading to enhanced performance, improved creativity, and heightened self-confidence. By engaging in guided visualisation techniques, musicians can tap into their inner potential and unleash their full musical capabilities.

In thi...

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This might be quite contentious however the process of positive thinking may be an anchor when you've done the work, however it's certainly not the panacea!

Positive thinking, often championed as a cornerstone of personal development and success, has gained widespread popularity as a tool for overcoming challenges and achieving goals.

For musicians, maintaining a positive mindset might seem essential to navigate the ups and downs o...

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"Wearing red socks is the least of your problems!"

Natural movement Vs waving around?

In the part two of the podcast recording where Jean-Paul and Clare meet in a coffee shop in the seaside town of Hove, they catch up with more questions and comments from listeners.  Can there be 'excessive' movement on the flute and what's the correct angle to have the flute when playing?

'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra' and 'Bitesize' are...

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Curiosity is a powerful driving force that fuels the creative endeavours of musicians.

As a musician, cultivating and embracing curiosity can lead to a plethora of benefits, from personal growth to artistic exploration. In this bitesized pod, we will delve into the profound ways in which curiosity can enhance the musical journey.

By examining how curiosity fuels musical creativity, fosters innovation, encourages interdisciplinary e...

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The iconic "Syrinx" by Claude Debussy is a piece for solo flute that has captivated audiences and flute players alike since its composition in 1913.

It is one of the most iconic and frequently performed works in the flute repertoire, known for its hauntingly beautiful melodies, rich harmonies, and innovative use of the flute as a solo instrument.

But what is the narrative behind this piece? What story does it tell? In this podcast,...

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Music, a universal language that transcends boundaries, has the power to evoke emotions, connect people, and ignite the imagination.

Musicians, the creators and conduits of this expressive art form, often find themselves grappling with the paradoxical impulse to compare their work to that of others. In a world inundated with constant stimuli and comparisons, embracing a mindset of non-comparison can be transformative for a musician...

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What musicians can learn from golf pros!

In Talking Flutes this week, Clare Southworth speaks with PGA golf professional Ryan Fenwick about his journey from player to top coach and how there are many similarities with Clare's own path from performer to flute professor.

Not only personal similarities but also ways in which musicians and golf professionals approach their work and practice.  There are however obvious differences as go...

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How to fast tongue on the flute plus an easy hack!

The flute as we know (this is a flute podcast after all) is such a beautiful and versatile instrument. One important aspect of flute playing is articulation, which involves controlling the initiation and termination of notes to create distinct and precise musical phrases.

Now I know that we’ve done some pods on the subject of tonguing, and why articulation is not an easy one sized ...

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"Making musicians human to non musicians!"

"It's vital that flute players understand the importance of blending"

This week on Talking Flutes, Jean-Paul speaks with the brilliant Catriona Ryan - Principal Flute and flute section leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra based in Dublin, Ireland.

During the podcast they speak about many subjects including the interest of the pre-concert talk to the audience, diversity within orch...

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The flute genius that was Theobald Boehm!

This week we’re going to take a very brief look at one of the most influential figures in the evolution of the modern flute, Theobald Boehm.

The flute as we know is an ancient instrument.   A musical instrument that has a rich history, with various advancements and innovations over the centuries. Among the many influential figures in its evolution, Theobald Boehm stands out as one of the mo...

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Lizzo vs Sir James Galway 

In 'Talking Flutes' this week Clare and Jean-Paul go walkabout in the seaside home town of Clare.  Subjects on the discussion table this week include the effect that Lizzo is having on the flute world and raising the profile of the instrument compared go the stratospheric effect that Sir James Galway had on the flute back in the 70's & 80's.

They also catch-up on the listener feedback from a subject t...

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Fear is a natural human emotion that can affect anyone, including as many of us would have experienced…musicians.

It can manifest in various ways, such as stage fright, fear of failure, fear of judgment, or fear of not meeting expectations. When left unchecked, fear can hinder us from performing to our full potential and limit our growth as an artist. However, by understanding and addressing the underlying causes of fear, we can al...

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Liberating Your Power of Individuality and Why Musicians Should Embrace Their Unique Journey

 The world of music is a diverse tapestry, woven with countless individual threads, each carrying its own unique expression and style. However, amidst this rich tapestry, musicians often find themselves trapped in the relentless cycle of comparison. In this podcast Jean-Paul will briefly explore the detrimental effects of comparing oneself ...

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Performance anxiety is a common experience among musicians, regardless of their skill level or stage of career. The pressure to deliver a flawless performance in front of an audience or examiner can trigger a range of physical and psychological symptoms that hinder musicians from reaching their full potential. In this bitesize pod, we’ll explore the nature of performance anxiety, its impact on musicians, and effective coping strate...

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Do you move too much when you are playing?

This week on Talking Flutes, Clare and Jean-Paul look at three questions which have been sent in by listeners.

1. What do we think about musicians moving around when playing?

2. Blind or open auditions to increase diversity

3. Flute sustainability

Please rate and like Talking Flutes with whatever provider you are listening on and keep sending in your flute or performance related questions ...

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This week we’re taking a very brief look at the iconic Louis Lot Flute Company and their legacy of excellence and innovation.

The first Lot flutes were made in 1855 and over 168 years later, Louis Lot flutes have earned a reputation for their exceptional craftsmanship, exquisite tonal quality, and outstanding performance capabilities.

In this brief pod, we’ll very briefly delve into the fascinating story of the Louis Lot Flute Comp...

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What does a Monty Python, London Cockney, Shakespeare, a French composer, a pirate, an alien, a member of the British aristocracy, Star Wars, and the Talking Flutes Podcast all have in common?

This week on Talking Flutes Extra, Jean-Paul has really gone off at a tangent and must have had too much rain on his head when he was on holiday last week! 

You're going to have to listen if you want to find out...WARNING...this Episode is ri...

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Do you cause your own performance, practice and goal setting problems?

In Talking Flutes Bitesize podcast this week, Jean-Paul briefly looks at the importance of getting out of our own way to succeed in our musical life.

Many of us have faced situations in our lives where we have felt stuck, unable to move forward or achieve our goals. Sometimes, the biggest obstacle standing in our way is ourselves. We often hold ourselves back wi...

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Bringing Berio's Sequenza to Life!

This week on Talking Flutes, Clare and Jean-Paul will be addressing additional questions sent in by podcast listeners.

To cultivate and enhance your musical growth, it is crucial for you to consistently venture beyond classical music and delve into the diverse music of other cultures and styles. The profound impact of this exhilarating exploration into dif...

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