Trevor Wye studied the flute privately both with Geoffrey Gilbert and the celebrated Marcel Moyse. He was a freelance orchestral and chamber music player on the London scene for many years and has made several solo recordings. He was formerly both a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music, London and for 21 years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Trevor Wye is the author of the famous Practice Books for the Flute, which have received world wide acclaim and have been translated into eleven other languages. His highly praised musical biography of Marcel Moyse, An Extraordinary Man was published in English and five other languages. For the past 30 years he has been working on an encyclopaedia of the flute, now online: www.fluteark.com. In 2017, his new book, Flute Secrets was published and within the first year, a second edition was printed.
During the year, he teaches at his Flute Studio in Kent, a unique residential course for postgraduate students, and for many years travelled throughout the world giving concerts including the Carnival Show and master classes with annual appearances in the USA, Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Japan and serving on juries for international competitions though more recently, he has stopped doing this. In 1990 he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music by the Duchess of Kent.
He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the National Flute Association of the USA.
Plus other activities: He taught flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, wind ensembles and conducted the Canterbury Youth Orchestra at the Kent Music School from 1962 and at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School until invited by Geoffrey Gilbert to teach in Manchester in 1969. After teaching individual lessons there for a year, he established a weekly class method of teaching, at that time unknown outside of France. He also conducted the RNCM Wind Band and taught chamber music.
In 1969 he founded and was Director of International Summer School, inviting Marcel Moyse to teach in Canterbury each summer for two years. Thereafter, William Bennett, James Galway and later Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter-Lukas Graf, Stephen Preston and himself, with five assistant teachers continued to teach for three weeks at the biggest flute masterclass summer school in the world which continued for 18 years in St Augustine’s College, King’s School, Canterbury, and St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, attracting 120 plus flute players each year. Subsequently, bassoon, oboe, clarinet, strings and brass Summer Schools were added with international soloists and teachers and with numerous recitals in King’s School, the Cathedral and in Ramsgate.
During the 1970’s he founded the Kent Wind Society for amateur wind players of all ages, which had a winter season of recitals with famous soloists and performances by members. Works were commissioned from Gordon Jacob and Alan Ridout amongst others. Amongst the highlights were a performance of Berlioz’ Grande Symphony Funebre et Triomphale with around 500 players and chorus, conducted by Sir Colin Davis and Handel’s Fireworks Music conducted by Sir David Wilcocks, both in Canterbury Cathedral. Also Tallis’ Spem in Alium arranged for 135 wind players.
In 1983, he founded the British Flute Society and helped to organise regular Flute Days until full weekend Conventions were established. Together with Julie Wright, he was Convention Director for five BFS flute conventions at the RNCM in Manchester.
In between these activities, in the 1970’s and 80’s, he retuned many Louis Lot, Bonneville, and Lebret flutes to Cooper’s Scale, became interested in flutemaking, made a number of headjoints, and then moved on to making four harpsichords, the last, a two manual copy of a Taskin of 1780.
In 1985, together with Sarah Bull and Martin Hoffman, they began an online flute encyclopaedia called The Fluteark:- www.fluteark.com which is still being updated.
In 1990, the Flute Studio was established in Hastingleigh attracting 6 or more students each year. 160 have attended to date.