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Flute Ensemble

at Waltons New School of Music

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Ensemble Description

The New School’s Flute Ensemble – winner of our Ensemble Prize in 2010 and the Sligo Feis Ceoil’s Chamber Music Cup in 2017 – is open to flute students of Grade 3 standard and above and works on a wide range of repertoire in a variety of styles. The emphasis is on having fun and learning classical and popular music together in an informal and non-competitive atmosphere. While the group focuses on ensemble skills and developing general flute/musicianship skills, it is also an opportunity to meet other flute players and make great music together!

Students concurrently enrolled for private or group tuition at the New School receive a 50% discount off the fee for this ensemble.

Naoise Ó Briain

Naoise Ó BriainNaoise grew up in a family surrounded by music. At the age of six, he began studying piano and recorder at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and went on to study flute there, receiving a BA in Music Performance with first class honours. He then studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he received a Masters of Music degree. He has also received both Associate and Licentiate RIAM teaching diplomas in flute and recorder. Naoise has performed on numerous occasions with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra – and with these he has appeared on stage with many world-renowned artists, including Juan Diego Flórez, Bryn Terfel, Finbar Furey, Ronnie Drew, John Wilson, Eri Klas, Matthias Bamert, Atso Almila and Rafael Payare. He has also toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the United States and China, and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall, 3 Arena Dublin, Ulster Hall, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Konzerthaus Berlin. As a classical musician with deep roots in Irish traditional music, Naoise is in great demand; he has performed numerous times with John Wilson and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and his Irish flute playing was recently featured in the film The Siege of Jadotville. In addition to an extensive performance career, Naoise has taught flute and recorder for over a decade, both privately and at music schools in Dublin and Berlin.


‘The wonderful teacher, very supportive and patient, made for a very enjoyable experience. There was a lovely sense of camaraderie in the group learning and playing together.’
– S. Coyne

‘The teacher’s enthusiasm and patience, and sensitivity to the varied standards of playing within the group, allows everyone to reach a satisfying standard of music making. A great opportunity to experience ensemble music making where the whole becomes greater than the parts!’
– J. Dillon

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2018-2019 Ensemble Schedule

Mondays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Full Year: 1 October 2018 – 24 June 2019
First Term: 1 October – 10 December 2018
Second Term: 7 January – 8 April 2019
Third Term: 29 April – 24 June 2019

2018-2019 Fees

1st Term
(10 weeks)
€175 €88 Full Fee Only
Deposit €92 + one payment (1 Oct) of €91
1st-2nd Terms
(23 weeks)
€354 €177 Full Fee
Deposit €124 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €123

Deposit €65 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €64

1st-3rd Terms
(31 weeks)
€450 €225 Full Fee
Deposit €120 + three payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €118

Deposit €63 + three payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €62

2nd Term
(13 weeks)
€220 €110 Full Fee Only
Deposit €114 + one payment (1 Feb) of €114
2nd-3rd Terms
(21 weeks)
€328 €164 Full Fee
Deposit €116 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €114

Deposit €60 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €60

3rd Term
(8 weeks)
€145 €73 Full Fee Only
Deposit €77 + one payment (1 May) of €76

* Students concurrently enrolled for private or group tuition at the New School receive a 50% discount off the fees for school ensembles.

Enrolment in the Flute Ensemble requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the ensemble fee or payment plan arrangement, if applicable.


Late Enrolment

Students wishing to join the ensemble may do so in the first two weeks of each term. Tuition fees for late-enrolling students are pro-rated and depend on the date that the student begins.

Purchasing an ensemble enrolment as a gift?
Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.


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