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Now aged 71, the world-renowned flautist Sir James Galway shows no signs of easing off a hectic schedule of concerts and master classes.
This week alone he's performed to a spellbound crowd at St Martin in the Fields, popped into Classic FM to give a lesson bid for in the Classic FM charity Christmas auction, and given a masterclass at his alma mater - The Royal College of Music in London.
Sir James is a passionate advocate of music making and teaching:
"Playing a musical instrument at school and joining in with other children, is both socially a very good thing, but also it gives you a sense of comradeship and being with people on a different level. And it stops kids hanging around and smoking dope and all the things people are trying to get them to do."
Sir James talks to Anne-Marie Minhall about his determination to spread the joy of music making, plans for a flute competition in Northern Ireland that will bear his name, and also about the time he duetted with the late great Henry Mancini at the Whitehouse on 4th July - leaving Mancini very red faced indeed.