Terry Oldfield.
Terry Oldfield. Contributed

Flautist to play at Heritage Theatre

WORLD-acclaimed composer and musician Terry Oldfield, known for his mastery of the flute, will dazzle Gympie audiences with a performance in the Gympie Heritage Theatre next Thursday night.

Terry this year launched his new album Journey into Space, on which his brother Mike Oldfield (of tubular bells fame) features.

He will be touring throughout the rest of the year around Australia to promote the new album and will be joined in Gympie by his wife Soraya.

Terry, who expresses himself through flutes and other instruments, says he takes his inspiration from the cultures of the world and the beauty of nature.

His first fun musical foray was with brother Mike where they formed a band called Barefoot in 1970 and played heavy blues in Britain for about a year.

Terry later played the flute in the first tubular bells concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall. He claims his guitar skills did not match his brother's, who he says "took to the guitar at the early age of eight".

Travelling the world, which Terry says was his saving grace, he discovered the flute for the first time on the island of Hydra in Greece aged 19.

"I had been sad and withdrawn through my teenage years and had set off travelling in order to find some sort of meaning in my life."

Buy tickets for Terry's Gympie performance through Lightwire Ticketing for the Heritage Theatre. Phone 5408 2556 or email admin@lightwire.com.au.

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