Flute, Boehm system

Made 1950-1970

This flute is one of several in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection that belonged to and were played by one of Australia’s greatest flautists, Neville Amadio. Internationally renowned as a soloist and chamber musician, Amadio held the position of Principal Flute in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years from its establishment in the early 1930s until his retirement from the position in 1978.

Born in Sydney in 1913 Neville Amadio began learning the flute at the age of 8 initially gettin...


The Boehm flute can be divided into three main sections, each made from a silver plated metal, with silver keys, and consisting of the head joint, the middle joint and the C foot joint. Found inside the middle joint is material, orange and white cleaning pipe.

The flute is housed in a wooden case with textured black leather case, with a hinged lid with two metal clasps and a leather handle. The interior is lined with with a hot pink velvet.


It is unknown who made this flute and its origin. Based on the materials it is made from it was possibly mass produced as a cheaper priced alto flute.


One of the instruments owned by Neville Amadio. It is unknown where and when he acquired this instrument.
Amadio, Neville 1930-1978


Gift of Mrs Hilda Maude Amadio, 2007
18 July, 2007

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Flute, Boehm system 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <https://ma.as/362588>
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