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The Ravinia Associates Board celebrates the 30th Anniversary with Sir James Galway
The Ravinia Associates Board celebrates the 30th Anniversary of its founding.  Each year, the event celebrates a person or institution that has made a tremendous impact on music education, and the honor this year went to Sir James Galway.  

“Sir James is known as the musician with the gold flute, but he also has a golden touch when it comes to nurturing young musicians”, said Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman.  “His joy of music and his generosity of spirit transfers with ease and awe from stage to classroom and even over the internet.  We’re proud to present Sir James as a favourite artist at Ravinia, ad we’re especially proud to honor him for his work with young people.  His lifelong passion for playing and teaching, makes Sir James Galway the gold-standard honouree for the Ravinia Associates”. 

Washinton Performing Arts honoured Sir James with their prestigious Ambassador of the Art’s award at a private event held at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C. in March 2019.  

by Mark Wardlaw
Friday, March 18, 2016

The man with the golden flute brought inimitable Irish charm and sterling musicianship March 18 to Weill Hall for a delightful concert experience. Sir James Galway, joined by flutist Lady Jeanne Galway and pianist Phillip Moll, enthralled an appreciative audience with a colorful array of musical morsels ranging from serious works to lighthearted fare, including one that required audience participation. 

Mr. Galway’s musical journey is unique, and even at 76 it appears far from over. This is an artist who rose from working-class Belfast roots to the upper echelon of the flute world by landing jobs in the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, eventually winning the principal flute chair in the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s great ensembles, when he was 29 years old. Very few musicians would walk away from so lofty a position, but Galway isn’t just any musician, and he left that orchestra after only six years. Even that august position proved to be an insufficient showcase for the eclecticism and showmanship that have made him one of the top instrumental artists in the world. 

Mr. Galway’s impish wit and droll delivery signaled from the outset that this wasn’t going to be a perfunctory affair. It’s obvious that he places a high premium on bringing the audience into his world. He engages his audience in a genuine and down-to-earth way. This is seldom the case in classical music concert halls that all too often are steeped in formality and sterility. Click here to read the full article

First Flute - Foundations for learning
Legendary flute master Sir James Galway recently made his expertise widely available with First Flute, an online interactive series of lessons geared toward flute students and music lovers of all ages. Galway shares his technical advice, practice methods and secrets for success with flutists seeking to perfect their skills.

First Flute was recently launched at an event in New York City at Merkin Concert Hall/Kaufman Music Center hosted by NPR host Christopher O’Riley and attended by television and print media, many of the city’s top flutists and musicians, and flute enthusiasts of all ages.
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James Galway's legacy: Crossover isn't a four-letter word
I was raised to think of James Galway as being the pure embodiment of class. I wasn't familiar with his Mozart concertos, though, or his Telemann suites. The only James Galway recording I knew was the one my dad put on the stereo every time we were expecting guests from out of town, or having his boss over for dinner: The Wayward Wind, Galway's 1982 album featuring the great flute soloist's interpretations of "Duelin' Banjos" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

Celebrating his 75th birthday this month, James Galway sits in a unique position in popular and musical culture. He's not only the most famous living flutist, he may be the best-known flutist to have ever lived. Jean-Pierre Rampal yields 500,000 Google hits, and Emmanuel Pahud has a few hundred thousand — but Galway has 18 million. To celebrate his birthday, Galway's longtime label has just reissued the flutist's entire RCA catalog: 70 albums, plus a disc of bonus tracks, with two DVDs to boot. Click here to read the full article

James Galway and Riccardo Chailly win at Gramophone classical awards
Two of classical music’s greatest and best-known performers from earlier generations were also honoured in the evening’s ceremony. Conductor Neville Marriner was presented with an outstanding achievement award in his 90th year, and Northern Irish flautist James Galway, now 74, was honoured with the lifetime achievement award. Galway’s recordings have sold over 30m copies worldwide; Annie’s Song reached No 3 in the UK pop charts in 1978, and made him a crossover star. If his public profile is lower-key these days, he continues to perform around the world and campaign for music education. “He put the flute on the musical map in modern times … He is a true classical music superstar … his role in music education is powerful and heartfelt,” said Jolly, paying tribute to the Belfast-born musician.

The four minute interview with... Sir James Galway - The
The renowned musician on why this decade is his best his hidden DIY skills

What’s been the best decade of your life so far and why?
Right now. Everything has come together in my personal life and career, and our flute school in Switzerland is celebrating 25 years this summer.

What was the worst moment of your life?
I had two broken legs and a broken arm. It took me eight months to mend. A Yamaha 850 ran off the road into me.

What secret skill or talent do you have?
DIY. My wife Jeanne is always asking me to do jobs around the house. I’m not bad.

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam. We used to shout it at Sunday School at the Salvation Army around the corner.

What was the last lie you told?
You know when you bump into someone who says Do you remember meeting me thirty years ago?’ and you go Of course.’

What do you consider the greatest work of art?
Westminster Abbey. Some of my favourite people like Handel and Newton are buried there. Evensong at 5pm is the best music you’ll find in London. And it’s free.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?
The pianist Michael McHale. He also has two degrees from Cambridge and is great company.

What is your greatest regret?
That I was not born with perfect eyesight. That books all had the one tiny font when I was growing up.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?
Smoking cigars in the afternoon while reading or playing chess.

Who is/was the love of your life?
My wife Jeanne. We met 30 years ago at a flute class. I didn’t see her for a year and a half after that before bumping into her coming out of Carnegie Hall and asking her to lunch.

What is your present state of mind?

What are the consolations of getting older?
Knowing it all works out.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?
Richard Attenborough. He directed many fine films but I think Gandhi was particularly outstanding.

What is your best chat up line?
I’m from the FBI and need to talk to you. It never worked.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?
To be thankful for everything I have.