Most of our members play Concert Flutes but we are fortunate to have a bass flute player, alto flute players, piccolo players and some members who themselves or their partners play other instruments. Although we are essentially a flute group, when giving concerts we sometimes include the skills of partners or family members to add variety to the programme.

Over the years CAFÉ has been fortunate to have several musicians writing / arranging or acquiring music for the group and as a result CAFÉ now has a repertoire ranging from baroque to modern compositions. Jenny Rees composed and arranged a piece specifically for CAFÉ entitled “Deep in the Forest” a group favourite that has become very popular with our audiences. One of our members for many years, the late Peter Stanton, also arranged several pieces for CAFÉ, and his two compositions “Stepping Out” and “Tango” have been well received in our concerts. Peter’s music continues to be played by CAFÉ with the kind permission of his family.

CAFÉ has enjoyed several master classes in previous years from professional flautists such as Jane Groves, Catherine Handley and Elizabeth May.

In 2008 and 2014 we welcomed Zoe Booth of “Flutes at the Barns” for a workshop day at our home venue. Zoe put us through our paces with warm – up exercises and sight reading of her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rialto Ripples. Zoe has arranged a Welsh folk tune especially for CAFÉ entitled “The Ash Groove”. This has been an exciting challenge to learn and we’ve been delighted to have performed it in our last two concerts.  Zoe visited us again on the 1st June 2019 for another masterclass.  It was a wonderful day and we can’t wait for the next time.

Current rehearsal pieces

BERNSTEIN The Great Escape March
LOUKE Echoes in the Wind
FAURE Sicilienne
HINCHCLIFFE Tales from the Vienna Flutes
HOLST I’ll love my love
WARREN Chattanooga Choo Choo
RUTTER Suite Antique

Other music from our repertoire

ELGAR Salut d’Amour
FAURE Cantique de Jean Racine
HOLST I’ll Love My Love
JOPLIN The Entertainer
MANCINI The Pink Panther
MERCURY Bohemian Rhapsody
NOWAK Jamaican Rhapsody
REES Deep In The Forest
STANTON Stepping Out
TCHAIKOVSKY Dance of the Cygnets
Dance of the Mirlitons
VIVALDI The Four Seasons (Autumn)