FlutePlay is run by Peter Lynch. He graduated in flute, piano and composition from the Royal College of Music. He also has an Open University degree, a Masters in Music Performance from York University and is a member of Mensa.
Presumably it’s all that studying that made most of his hair fall out before its time. After working as a performer and teacher in Germany for a few years he returned to England. As well as composing, arranging, performing, recording and producing all kinds of flute music he teaches, examines and runs a website or two (obviously!). He is also a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary and has written for Flute (formerly Pan).
Some years ago, after getting fed up with being done out of royalties for his flute arrangements, he decided to go down the do-it-yourself route. So, he formed Chapel Digital, which was soon supplying individuals, ensembles, music shops and schools throughout the observable universe. He also published under the name music-for-flute.com – until an administrative cockup lost him the domain name. Since then, however, the world and its technology have moved on and FlutePlay, based on the WordPress blogging platform, is the latest reincarnation.
Whatever the name, the two goals have always remained the same, namely:-
- to make interesting and enjoyable flute music easily available
- to charge a price that reflects the best possible value for money
A substantial part of FlutePlay’s sheet music publishing lies in catering for flute choirs, an area not well represented by mainstream publishers. These groups typically call for an alto and/or bass flute. However, since not all flute groups and choirs are so well furnished, concert flute versions of alto parts and clarinet transpositions of bass flute parts are also included as standard. Additionally, there are bass clef versions of all bass flute parts. This opens up a raft of other choices: bassoon, cello, double bass, even tuba or bass guitar.
FlutePlay also publishes pieces for flute and piano, flute duet as well as other combinations.
Scores are produced with Finale to the highest musical and visual standards on fine quality paper. You are encouraged to have a look at score extracts and listen to the excellent recordings by clicking on Catalogue.
Sir James Galway peruses Flute of the Bumble Bee!
on Chapel Digital’s first “day out” in 1993 at the Royal College of Music.
Maybe he wants to see if it’s as fast as the one he plays!