This page is designed to celebrate all the achievements of every member of the Forest Flute Choir – I will publish all the results/achievements that I’m aware of – please contact me if you have something to add or you wish to alter anything – this is a members’ page so please do make use of it!

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Jo Handley passed grade 2 piano and Izzy Hallett takes a massive distinction in grade 1 flute – excellent work girls – keep it up!


Ellie Davis passes grade 3 – well done Ellie!

April 2013

Latest news on the FFC homefront – Beth gets merit and Emily has very high pass at grade 4 – also Laura H gains merit in grade 5 piano.

Latest News Dec 2012

Firstly huge congratulations to Saffy and Chloe who both got merits in their recent flute exams; Saffy grade 3 and Chloe grade 2 – brilliant – well done girls. It just goes to show that we starting to acquire strength in depth and as older players move on we can bring forward our younger players who are equally as good.


News flash!!

Adele also gets distinction at grade 8! Congratulations Adele – what an achievement!

also – Ellie and Beth both passed grades 2 and 3 respectively. Well done girls!

Breaking news at the Forest Flute Choir…

Matt gets distinction at grade 8! woop woop!

And we had a very pleasant afternoon’s fluting when we were joined by the excellent and very amiable members from the Cardiff Amateur flute Ensemble – we did lots of playing and very much enjoyed having the 2 bass flutes – what a chunky sound! We hope now to meet up more regularly and will plan some joint concerts!


Spring 2012

We wish the following players the best of flute-playing luck in their upcoming exams this season –

both Adele and Matt are taking the big grade 8 in a few weeks time – WE WISH YOU BOTH GREAT SUCCESS********** GO GUYS!

Beth is taking her grade 3, Ellie is taking her grade 2…any more?? Anyone doing any other instrumental exams this time?

Update on winter exam results…

Both Laura H and Elinor got distinctions in their grade 5 theory exams which means that they can now go onto grade 6 flute all buoyed up….fantastic results for both!

Elinor and Alys both passed grade 5 flute with merit; Saffy and Freya both passed grade 2; Olivia went and got herself a distinction at grade 5 as did Melissa for grade 1 – spectacular girls!

Laura H got a merit at grade 3 piano….any more? I feel sure that I’ve left someone out….

*  Winter Exams

The winter exam session is looming and as usual we have a whole host of entrants from the flute choir – Laura H – grade 5 theory; Saff and Freya – grade 2; Melissa  – grade 1; Olivia, Elinor and Alys – all grade 5. Go girls!

*  Flute Choir Awards and Competition

Sunday 4th September saw the flute choir hosting its second annual tea party/cake eating contest/ awards ceremony and duet competition. Fewer people attended this year but we had a very good quality of playing and also welcomed some new faces to the choir – Lauren and Hannah. The awards were made by our chairperson, Ali – and were as follows-

Junior Player of the Year – awarded to Freya Peter for brilliant attendance, a wonderful dress sense, great humour and a massive improvement in playing. Well done Freya from everyone at flute choir.

Senior Player of the Year – awarded to Olivia Franghiadi for exceptional commitment and a strong sense of resposibility towards all the other members of the group.

Player of the Year and Winner of our Annual Bursary – Beth Handley for a super attitude in rehearsal, willingness to participate at every level and for being an excellent member of the choir – congratulations Beth!!

Duet Competition

We were not exactly over run with entries for this – however, we had 2 – sort of young v old (ha ha) – Olivia and Adele performed some Corelli very stylishly and with lovely ensemble that can probably only occur if you play duets with your sister! Gill and Ali gave the 2 youngsters a run for their money by playing something jazzy about cats – great fun and good timing ladies – just pipped to the post,  though. Well done Adele and Olivia!

*  Birmingham Conservatoire Success!

Both Adele and Olivia are now studying at the junior department of the Birmingham Conservatoire – Adele is studying flute (of course – what else?) as her first study and viola as second and the enormously talented Olivia Franghiadi isn’t even doing flute ! Orchestral percussion and violin are her options! Lovely for both of you girls – well done – and enjoy it!

*  STOP PRESS!! 26th May 2011

Brilliant news – following an audition in Gloucester, both Adele and Matt have been given places in the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra. There are only 3 places for flutes and 2 of them have gone to our players. Yippeee!! Also congratulations to Olivia who has been offered a place in the same orchestra on timpani/perc!

*  Spring 2011 Music exam results – Congratulations to all our players wo took and passed music exams recently – in no particular order – Ellie Davis; merit grade 1, Chloe Pritchard; pass grade 1; Olivia F merit grade 4 violin and theory grade 5; Lydia M; distinction grade 1 piano; Elinor pass grade 4 piano, Laura H distinction grade 2 piano and Matt Mann merit grade 3 piano. What a talented bunch! Well done everyone – keep it up!

*  Summer 2010  Music exam results

Alys passed grade 4 flute; Freya passed grade 1 flute with merit; Saffy passed grade 1 flute with distinction; Laura H passed grade 5 flute with distinction; Charlotte passed grade 7 jazz sax with merit; Olivia passed grade 3 piano with merit; Laura H also passed grade 3 theory as did Lydia.

*  Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary

Matt Mann and Adele F both competed for the newly created Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary, along with 8 other superb young musicians. Both played beautifully (well they would, wouldn’t they) and we are truly proud to announce that Matt scooped the prize of £400.Matt will feature in our next concert on 5th March 2011. A brilliant result, Matt!

In October Adele won the ‘Junior Forest of Dean Young Musican of the Year’, against stiff competition, after being runner up the year before.  Well done Adele!