Trevor Wye

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Trevor Wye
Background information
Born (1935-06-06) 6 June 1935 (age 85)
OriginUnited Kingdom
Years active1949-present
WebsiteTrevor Wye's Homepage

Trevor Wye is a professional flautist, flute instructor, and author of several books about technical aspects of flute playing. He founded the International Summer School for flute.[1][2]

The English flautist Trevor Wye (b. 6 June 1935) began playing the flute at age 15. Contrary to what might be expected of a famous flautist, Wye did not attend a college of music, nor a conservatory, nor a university, but he later studied with Marcel Moyse[3] whom Wye credits as a major influence on his playing, teaching, and writing career. Wye also studied with flutist Geoffrey Gilbert.[3] He was also influenced by British singer Alfred Deller and flautist William Bennett.

Wye was a freelance orchestral and chamber player in London for many years, and has several solo recordings. He served as a professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London, for fourteen years, and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, for twenty-two years. The latter school awarded him an honorary degree in 1990.

Perhaps his best known published works are the six-volumed Practice Books for the Flute,[4][5] which concentrate on tone, technique, articulation, intonation and vibrato, breathing and scales, and advanced practice. He has also published a series titled A Beginner’s Book for the Flute, a piccolo practice book, and several arrangements for flute and piano. His biography of Marcel Moyse has been published in several languages, and an ongoing collaborative project consists of an encyclopedia of the flute. Another work-in-progress is a short biography of Albert Cooper, flute maker.

Wye teaches in his flute studio in Kent, which is a one-year residential course for postgraduate students established in 1990. He travels the world giving masterclasses and concerts, serves on juries for international competitions, and gives recitals. He is the general editor of a free, on-line flute encyclopedia called The Flute Ark.[6]

Wye is married to his first wife, Dot.

Wye was Director of the International Summer School, held at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate 1969-1988.[1] Students and teachers celebrated the conclusion with musical skits like this one where the chorus questions the morals of a wicked vicar played here by Wye himself in 1986.

List of publications[edit]

Wye has published over 170 items including books, CDs, DVDs.[7]


Wye's hobbies include astronomy. He has a home observatory with a 16 inch (~400 mm) Schmitt Cassegrain computerised telescope.[8] He has a large collection of antique flutes, both the western concert variety and other kinds. He demonstrates about 60 of them in his Carnival Show.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Trevor Wye - Biography".
  2. ^ International Summer School for flute
  3. ^ a b "Trevor Wye's biography". ScoreVivo. January 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Trevor Wye Practice Books for the Flute - Omnibus Edition - Books 1-5 with CD. Sevenoaks, Kent, UK: Novello. 2006. ISBN 1-84609-625-1.
  5. ^ Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute, Book 6 - Advanced Practice. Sevenoaks, Kent, UK: Novello. 2003. ISBN 0-85360-517-3.
  6. ^ "The Flute Ark". Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Flute/Life Balance - Trevor Wye".
  9. ^ "Trevor Wye: Biography". Retrieved December 20, 2011.

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