I have performed in a number of unusual places and have some interesting claims to fame. My regular position is principal piccolo in the Old Barn Orchestra and I have been the Treasurer for a number of years. As well as being the Treasurer of the University College London Chamber Music Club, I also perform and organise concerts and and was interviewed for the ‘Meet the committee’ feature in Newsletter (No.9), published in October 2017.
A more detailed performance history can be found in the About section, these are the highlights …
Trevor Wye, Ian Clarke, Ian Mullin, Chris Hankin, Lady Jeanne Galway.
Early years highlight – solo performance with orchestra:
Cimarosa Concerto in G major for two flutes and orchestra (with Karen Brown and the Old Barn Orchestral Society), aged 16.
Claim to fame:
Performed at BBC Television Centre (London) as part of the BBC’s Music Live event in 2000, and featured on the front cover of the BBC’s internal newspaper Ariel to promote the event.
Most notable competition win:
Class and overall festival winners at the Medway Festival, performing a duet with Karen Brown. Subsequently invited to perform at Leeds 2000 (the Millennium Festival of the Amateur Performing Arts) at Leeds Town Hall.
Most interesting places performed:
On San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, performing a piece I composed on a wooden flute I bought in Nepal! In the tunnels under Fort Amherst, and at Cooling Castle (for weddings).
Evening for flute with piano accompaniment, by Vernon Skinner in 2012 – listen to the premier on SoundCloud. Louise Denny’s Danse des Inconne for orchestra, at the 2013 Hastings International Composers Festival.
UCL Chamber Music Club concerts since 2008, regularly appear as a guest in recitals by Karen Brown, and have been featured as a guest soloist in concerts for The Marlowe Singers and The Society of Recorder Players (Kent branch) as well as various charity concerts in Kent.
Currently principal piccolo (and occasional first / second flute & percussion) for the Old Barn Orchestral Society. Occasionally deputise in the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (flute) and the Brook Concert Orchestra (flute and percussion) when required. Take part in various scratch orchestras and ensembles for specific UCL Chamber Music Club concerts. One of my more memorable experiences was playing in the orchestra for a semi-staged performance of The Mikado in October 2017 – very enjoyable!
The most diverse pieces performed to date have been African Sanctus by David Fanshaw and The Lamentations of Thel by Dmitri Smirnov.
Karen Brown, Lisa Nelsen.
Received lessons from Clare Southworth and Ian Clarke while at flute courses.
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Links: Chris Hankin, City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Clare Southworth, Cooling Castle, David Fanshaw, Dmitri Smirnov, Fort Amherst, Ian Clarke, Ian Mullin, Karen Brown, Lady Jeanne Galway, Lisa Nelsen, Louise Denny, Medway Festival, Old Barn Orchestral Society, The Marlowe Singers, The Society of Recorder Players, Trevor Wye, UCL Chamber Music Club, UCL Sound (SoundCloud), Walderslade Sings!