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Mary is an accomplished soprano and has sung under many batons with choirs around the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Snape Maltings. We are so lucky to have Mary on board!

Mary first came to Trutone as an adult beginner with a pre-loved flute. She quickly became an integral part of the business, supporting, guiding and donating an instrument among many other kindnesses.


Linda and Mary also meet for weekly flute focus sessions.

Mary McCarthy 
Flautist & Patron

Mary McCarthy

Music has been a constant thread through my life, starting with BBC Light Programme music and a liking for The Beatles. At school I had a go at learning the violin without much success but very much enjoyed singing in the choirs.

When I left home to live and work in London I took singing lessons and with my teacher's help passed the audition for the Alexandra Choir, conducted by Charles Proctor. I sang with them at the Royal Academy, Fairfield Halls, the Royal Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where I sang my first Messiah. It was thrilling!

Since then I have joined choirs wherever I happened to be living and consequently made many, many friends and performed a large number of choral works, both large and small. Messiah in the Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro was quite an experience and tours to Paris, Wetzler, Weinheim and Zutphen in Holland were great fun. I have sung with many excellent conductors but have particularly fond memories of the 21 years of singing and making music with my husband Patrick McCarthy. 

It was only a couple of years ago that a kind neighbour gave me an unwanted flute. It had belonged to her husband but had not been played for a while. She had heard me express an interest in learning to play the flute and thought it might help get me started. That led to my wonderful lessons with Linda at Trutone, easily the highlight of my week. They are such fun and so rewarding that I cannot praise Linda's teaching highly enough.

As the musical thread continues to wind its way through my life I enjoy supporting talent of all ages and helping to bring musical opportunities to our local area. 

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