Flautissimo, the Southampton Flute Orchestra (including our training orchestra Piccolissimo), offers an invaluable opportunity for upwards of 40 flute players to rehearse weekly during term time and regularly perform in public. We welcome players of all ages and standards and draw from a wide area.
Our current PVC contrabass flute
We have a PVC contrabass (shown below) that was skillfully crafted from a drainpipe, but it isn't easy to play and has a limited life span.
Our aim: a metal contrabass flute
A better quality silver-plated contrabass flute will greatly benefit the musical ensemble with an enhanced tone quality, it will be easier to play than the PVC contrabass and thus encourage more players to this role in our orchestra. Our group plays to a high standard and needs the support of a quality instrument in the lower voices to enhance our performances. The metal contrabass is also a visually striking instrument which will increase public awareness of the wide range and potential of the flute family.
The orchestras will continue to use the PVC contrabass for as long as it is functional, which will enable more players to gain experience with it and will also add extra depth to pieces in our repertoire that will benefit from the additional deeper voice.
Raised so far
We have raised just over £1,700 through performances and other fundraising activities.