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JHSiess attends Master Class with Sir James Galway

On July 15, 2007, I had the extreme honor and privilege of attending Sir James Galway’s Flute Master Class in Napa. I spent the entire day just a few feet from the master himself!

The teens were in another room being taught by Sir James’ wife, Lady Jeanne. At the end of the class, they performed for the adults and then Sir James joined them for one number. Watching those youngsters play so beautifully with the world’s pre-eminent flutist, beaming as they did so, was very moving. But for all of us, the day was an opportunity to learn from the greatest living player and create memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

Incidentally, Sir James is known as “the man with the golden flute.” He brought several with him and allowed students to play them. In this photo, he is playing one of his gold Nagaharas.


  1. Bet all those flutist were in awe of him and feeling blessed to have such an honor to play with him. Great photo and story behind it. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  2. so nice 🙂 I can’t play any musical instruments.

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. it must have been a heady experience!

    expressing oneself through performing arts is one creative way indeed!

    thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. My daughter plays the flute too. She plays music by listening to CDs. She has been asking me to get her an accordion. Or Just clarinet since the accordion is a little hard, LOL. Music is one way to be creative, while being in one with the feelings and emotions that need to be expressed.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Wonderful–I am surprised not to see more musicians in the photos. Definitely creative.

  6. Great picture and story too! Have a great weekend.

  7. Music is a beautiful form of creativity. A great example!

    Happy Hunting… come visit my creative post. :o)

  8. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows

    That must have been so exciting for you!

  9. Two categories here.

    Creative and memorable.
    Thank You for your visit, I am glad I got to stop in to visit you as well. 🙂

  10. I love the sound of the flute ~~ it’s soothing to the senses. Glad to know you had this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for sharing and visiting me earlier. Take care!

  11. The Daily Matters

    Great photo! Looks like fun. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Opal: The Mac Diva

    What a fabulous photo. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the flute. I’ve played the piano since I was eight years old.
    I have a flutophone, lol. I learned how to play that when I was seven. 🙂

  13. I too played the flute, many years ago. I played the clarinet in high school, I miss making music. Nice use of the theme this week.

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