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Flute & Whistle with Hamish Napier

Dates: 06/04/20 - 10/04/20
Price: £260 (£180 for students)
Tutor: Hamish Napier
Eiligible for ILA funding: No

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Above: Hamish Napier
Above: Hamish Napier

**Please note our accommodation options have changed.  We now offer accommodation on a FULL-BOARD basis only.  Please see our accommodation page for further details.**

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are excited to have award-winning and multi-instrumentalist folk musician Hamish Napier return to their Short Course Programme for Easter 2020.

The course is open both flute and whistle players and will encourage students to develop a happy relationship with their instrument.  Hamish will encourage discussions on practice approaches and materials, performance confidence, ornamentation and articualtion, intonation, tone, breathing technique and choosing good breathing places in tunes.  There will also be some ‘need to know’ theory: rhythm games and four 'need-to-know' folk scales (and how to get them sounding free-flowing and effortless on your instrument).  The workshops will also prioritise popular Scottish folk session repertoire that fit beautifully on flute and whistle. 

The course will be taught mostly by ear, with supplementary sheet music and info handouts given each day.  Boehm system flute players are also welcome too!

Hamish teaches composition, music theory and wooden flute at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and at music schools and festival all over the world.   He currently plays in a dare-devil folk duo called Nae Plans with innovate Scottish fiddler Adam Sutherland, involving completely unplanned, off-the-cuff performances.  

Hamish Napier grew up in Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands and moved to Glasgow for sixteen years to immerse himself in its vibrant music scene and gain a degree in music from Strathclyde University. He also took up a year's scholarship to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, USA. 

Hamish has appeared on over forty Scottish folk albums with leading Scottish musicians such as: Duncan Chisholm, Mairi MacInnes, Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw, Treacherous Orchestra, Eddi Reader and Martyn Bennett.   At the Scots Trad Music Awards he has been nominated for Music Tutor of the Year and Composer of the Year and five times for Album of the Year, winning Best Folk Band with Back of the Moon.  He has now returned home to the Highlands to write music and teach.

Hamish’s debut album ‘The River’ was recently released which received a 5 star review adding to the several other glowing reviews he has received for his musical talent.

★★★★★ “Scintillating…brilliantly vivid”  The Scotsman [for his debut solo album ‘The River’]

“…one of Scotland’s busiest and most multi-faceted folk musicians…”  Sunday Herald

“Napier is one of the finest musicians in Scotland….his music is invigorating, passionate and steeped in tradition.” TMSA

“An excellent flute player.”  The Guardian


Click on the links below and take a look at some of Hamish’s work -