AN internationally renowned musician is heading to Cumbria to work with players from across the north west.

Flute player Stephen Clark, who has performed in 128 countries and as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, will be leading workshops, discussions and performances as part of the Cumbria Music Hub’s ‘Big Flute Play’ on Thursday, March 5.

The event at Kendal Town Hall will involve over 200 flautists – 120 of those participating in the Cumbria Music Service’s First Access programme which is delivered in primary schools in the South Lakes area. They will have their own portion of the event in the afternoon which will then be followed by a public event for flute players of all ages and abilities.

Sarah Barkway, assistant Area Hub Lead, said: “This is an incredible opportunity to meet and hear one of the world’s leading musicians, and try out the full range of professional new instruments without having to get to London.

"It is also a chance to meet other flute players from across the north of England and be inspired to make music with other people with a shared interest. We welcome as many people as possible to come and join us whatever your experience and level of playing may be.”

The public event the runs from 5pm- 8pm in Kendal Town Hall and will provide opportunities to participate in the following activities:

n Take part in an ensemble Workshop with Stephen Clark

n Take part in a creative practice workshop using composing apps with Helen Foster & the Music Hub Team

n Try out other members of the Flute family courtesy of Flutes & Co - Piccolo, Alto, Bass and Contra

n Join in Flute Choir (for all standards from 6.15pm))

n Participate in a question and answer session with Stephen

n Hear Stephen Clark play

n Find out more about playing opportunities in your area (WYO, CYO & Flutes & Co, Kendal Young Wind Band, Mary Wakefield Festival)

n Arthur Haswell is available on the day for minor flute repairs and advice on servicing

n Just Flutes of London will be exhibiting instruments, accessories and sheet music

n Chance to win a £50 voucher for Just Flutes (for paying ticket holders), and in the afternoon, a young First Access student will also have the opportunity to win a flute

Just Flutes, an award-winning specialist flute shop from London, will be providing their travelling showroom from 3.30pm–8pm in the Bindloss room of the Town Hall on the day of the event.

The event runs from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets, £6 for adults and £4.50 for under-21s, available online at: