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Sydney Youth Orchestras
An Introduction to


Joshua Batty
Joshua Batty

About the course:

Join Joshua Batty, Principal Flautist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as he demonstrates the fundamentals of the flute.

Support your students in learning how to assemble he instrument and utilise correct breathing and articulation as they begin to produce beautiful music.

About the instrument:

The flute is a member of a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Like all woodwinds, flutes are aerophones, producing sound with a vibrating column of air. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute produces sound when the player's air flows across an opening. In the Hornbostel–Sachs classification system, flutes are edge-blown aerophones. A musician who plays the flute is called a flautist or flutist.

About your course teacher/s:

Joshua Batty
Joshua Batty
Principal Flute, Teacher
Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Joshua Batty joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2019 after holding the same position with the RTÉ  Concert Orchestra, Ireland. Joshua is very passionate about sharing his experience with future generations through education programs. He teaches flute at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music after also being a flute tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK.

In 2004, Joshua began his studies at Chetham’s School of Music, UK during which time he became Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra GB. He was later awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, London where he studied with Michael Cox, completing his undergraduate in 2014. While a student of the school, Joshua spent a year studying with Jacques Zoon at the HEMGE (Switzerland) where he became Principal Flute of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. In 2019 Joshua was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Joshua has guested as Principal Flute with many leading orchestras across the world, performing extensively across UK, Europe, USA, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Orchestras include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Opera North, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, BBC Wales, Aurora Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, John Wilson Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and London Mozart Players.

Teaching is a major passion of Joshua's and at the age of 24 he was made a flute tutor at RNCM. Since then he has taught at various universities and festivals across UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Solo highlights include giving world premieres by leading British composer Simon Holt ("Epithalamion" for flute and piano & "Amistad" flute duet with Michael Cox), performing at Buckingham Palace, and giving recitals at International Flute Conventions in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.


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Joshua Batty
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Sydney Youth Orchestras

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For instrumental learning, the SYO beginners program provides students and teachers with a clear set of musical goals, set to an objective of assessment standards. Schools have access to two years of world-leading development content, for sixteen orchestral instruments.
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