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Enjoy an afternoon of unstuffy flute music and help charity that works with people who have autism

Fairwater Flute ensemble
The Fairwater Flute ensemble

FOR MANY, mention flutes and you’ll think of artists like James Galway performing seminal folk tunes such as Danny Boy.

So a new concert taking place in Earley later this month will help audiences reconnect with a hidden gem of the orchestra.

The Fairwater Flutes ensemble has been performing together for just over a year and will be holding the special event in a bid to help raise funds for a charity that works with people who have autism or learning disabilities.

The ensemble was formed and directed by Cathy Laney and aims to be a group offering a high-quality musical experience without being too stuffy. The musicians include university students and people who haven’t played for a while.

Up to 20 of them gather for the rehearsals and you can hear them when they perform the afternoon concert on Saturday, November 16, at Earley St Nicolas church hall.

The programme will include music by Rossini, Mendelssohn, Satie and Gershwin, and the show will last an hour.

Refreshments – including cake – will be served afterwards.

Money raised from the concert will go towards the charity Us In A Bus.

For more than 30 years it has been working with people who have profound, multiple, learning disabilities, complex sensory needs, autism – or any combination of these.

The charity primarily use Intensive Interaction, a technique that focuses on non-verbal interactive experiences, to meet this need.

The concert starts at 3.30pm and tickets cost £5, or £2 for students and under 18s. They will be available to buy on the door and Earley St Nicolas is in Sutcliffe Avenue.

For more on the charity, visit

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