Flute Society of NSW

Gala Day

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Sunday March 31, 2019 - MLC School, burwood

The Flute Society of NSW is proud to present our Annual Gala Day! This will be a fun day filled with flute related events where you will get to meet fellow flute players, participate in small and large ensemble playing, a chance to learn and play a new piece written for large flute ensemble by our committee member Sarah Broughton, and this year, we will also be doing a demonstration on the Chinese flute ‘Dizi’! At the end of the day, our Gala Day Concert will take place where you will get to perform the pieces you learnt with new and old friends and listen to performances by last year’s Eisteddfod winners!

We will be joined by Flutes & Flutists and Syrinx Music who will all be there to display their incredible range of flutes for you to try and sheet music to browse through!

The Gala Day is open to all ages and players of all levels!

Please remember to BYO lunch!




09:30 Registration
10:00 Group warm-up with Mark Xiao
10:15 Introduction and rehearsal of special piece written for the Gala Day by Sarah Broughton (everyone join in!)
10:45 Morning Tea
11:00 Small groups are formed for simple sight-reading and playing together
12:00 Chinese ‘Dizi’ Demonstration by Chloe Chung
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Rehearsal of Sarah Broughton’s piece and concert preparation
14:00 Gala Day Concert
15:30 Finish



Chinese dizi demonstration by chloe chung

The dizi is a major Chinese musical instrument, and is widely used in many genres of Chinese folk music, as well as Chinese opera, and the modern Chinese orchestra. Traditionally, the dizi has also been popular among the Chinese common people, and it is simple to make and easy to carry.

There are many suggestions for the source of dizi. While legends suggest it was the invention of the Yellow Emperor who wanted to make the bamboo a musical instrument, others suggest that dizi was imported into China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

Recently, archaeologists have discovered evidence suggesting that the simple transverse flutes (though without the distinctive mokong of the dizi) have been present in China for over 9,000 years. (source)

Sarah broughton

Sarah Broughton Stalbow is a well known flute player and educator from Sydney, Australia. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, and the Australian National University, Canberra School of Music. Sarah has performed in orchestras in the United Kingdom, China, and Australia, and as a chamber musician she has toured Asia. Sarah has a special interest in teaching beginners, and has been inspired by her mother, specialist in childhood development and learning, Beverley Broughton.

Sarah recently released the Best Start Music Lessons books, aimed at offering a comprehensive system of learning in which the students are truly engaged, ensuring that musical concepts are thoroughly understood, developing a solid foundation of key skills, and providing the best musical start possible.


Ensemble Workshop

Players of similar ages and levels will form small groups and with the help of a tutor, will learn a piece to be performed in the afternoon concert. Parents and friends are welcome in the audience!

Gala Day 2018

Gala Day 2018



• I declare as a condition of registration to attend and/or perform in the Flute Society of NSW Gala Day to accept all risks necessarily flowing from my child’s participation which could result in loss or injury. Accordingly, I release the Flute Society of NSW and all persons or corporations associated directly or indirectly with the conduct of this event from all claims, demands, proceedings arising out of my child’s participation and I hereby indemnify them against all liability (including liability for their negligence and the negligence of others) for all injury, loss or damage arising out of my child’s participation in this event. The release shall extend to and include The Flute Society of NSW, MLC School, and their related companies, and their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers, owners, licensees and occupiers of the land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted of which it is involved either directly or indirectly with the event.
• Unaccompanied competitors and audience under the age of 16 will be required to complete a permission to attend form signed by parent/guardian. This form must be submitted to the Flute Society on the day of the Gala Day. Download form here
• Parent/guardian of unaccompanied competitors and audience under the age of 16 will be required to Sign-On upon arrival at the venue and Sign-Off upon leaving the venue.

Authority for reproduction and release of photographs and digital image.

• In order to report on the news and events of the Flute Society of NSW, sometimes photographs and digital video of students taken at Flute Society Events will be included on the website www.flutesocietynsw.org as well as the Flute Society Facebook page. As part of your registration, you authorise the Flute Society of NSW to release photograph(s)/ digital film footage of you or your child taken at the 2019 Gala Day to be used on the website of the Flute Society of NSW www.flutesocietynsw.org and Facebook page.


Snacks and drinks will be available for sale (gold coin donation) at the venue. 

MLC School is within walking distance of the Burwood Westfield Shopping Mall on Burwood Rd where there is a food court. 

Please note that children under the age of 16 will not be permitted to leave the venue without a responsible adult and should bring food and drinks for the day.

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MLC School Burwood
Corner of Grantham and Rowley St
Burwood NSW


Street parking only.


Registration Fee: $30

Sheet music for all participants will be provided on the day