Matthews to perform with flute choir

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Concert at Trinity-St. Stephen’s on Sunday

The Wind Masters' workshop Flute Choir is performing at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst on Sunday at 2 p.m. The choir features Amherst's Travis Matthews.

Travis Matthews of Amherst will perform with the Wind Master’s Flute Choir at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Sunday at 2 p.m. The concert is a fundraiser for the group, whose members are all with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.

AMHERST – The Wind Masters' workshop Flute Choir is a newly formed group consisting of 12 young flutists, most in their teens.

The group is based in Moncton, but has members from as far away as Bathurst, N.B. and Truro. The group includes some of the best high school age musicians in the region, and they will be performing at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The group started last fall, and this will be their first public performance.

The director, Karin Aurell, teaches flute at Mount Allison University and at Université de Moncton, and is one of the founding members of the woodwind quintet Ventus Machina.

Forming a high level flute choir has been a dream of hers for many years, as a way to excite young musicians about playing the flute and improving their skills on the instrument.

The concert is a fundraiser to help the students in the group who are also members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, and who are fundraising for their trip to Europe this summer.

One of these students is Travis Matthews, an Amherst youth who is in Grade 12 at Amherst Regional High School.

Matthews fell in love with the flute as a young boy, and has reached a very high level, amazing especially considering that he is almost completely self-taught. This is about to change as Matthews is headed for a bachelor of music degree once he graduates from high school.

He is one of several students who will present solos, either as part of the larger group or alone.

How does a flute choir sound? Aurell said one would think that so many flutes together would sound shrill, high and not very pleasant. However, there are several bigger and lower-tuned flutes in the group, and the sound of all the instruments together is like nothing you have ever heard before. She said it is impressive and very beautiful.

In the warm accoustics at Trinity-St. Stephen, the sound will be full and rich like a church organ. The program is a light-hearted mix of genres, from baroque to selections from Pink Panther.

All are welcome. Admission is by donation. There will be baked goods for sale as part of the students' fundraiser. There will also be an opportunity to donate funds to the local food bank at this event.

In case of poor weather, this concert will be rescheduled for a later date.


Organizations: United Church, Mount Allison University, Université de Moncton New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton, Bathurst Europe

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