I regularly play the flute and piccolo (and occasionally percussion) and sing in various orchestral and choral concerts in Kent and London. I have performed in a number of unusual places and have some interesting claims to fame.
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.
Most recent highlight:
Singing in the choir and playing the timpani at the premier of Christopher Gower’s Jubilate Deo at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent (2022) for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.
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 my local music 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:
Playing for weddings in the tunnels under Fort Amherst, and at Cooling Castle. On San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, performing a piece I composed on a wooden flute I bought in Nepal (watch it on YouTube)!
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 numerous charity concerts in Kent over the years.
Currently second flute and piccolo (and occasionally first flute / percussion) for the Old Barn Orchestral Society, and deputise in various other local orchestras. I’ve also enjoyed playing in the orchestra for semi-staged charity performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzanz (2022), Iolanthe (2019) and The Mikado (2017).
I’ve been part of the Quicksilver flute trio/quartet for over 20 years and a founder member of Trio Concorde. I’m occasionally hired to take part in various scratch orchestras, and regularly perform in ensembles put together for specific UCL Chamber Music Club concerts. One particularly memorable occasion was the premier of Roger Beeson’s The Oxen for choir, flute, clarinet and cello at the 2018 Christmas concert.
The most diverse pieces performed to date have been African Sanctus by David Fanshaw and The Lamentations of Thel by Dmitri Smirnov whilst at school / university.
As well as being featured a number of times in The Lawrentian (my school’s magazine), Kent Life and the BBC’s internal publication Ariel, in 2017 I was interviewed for the UCL Chamber Music Club’s ‘Meet the committee’ feature in Newsletter (No.9).
Trevor Wye, Ian Clarke, Ian Mullin, Chris Hankin, Lady Jeanne Galway.
Karen Brown, Lisa Nelsen. Received lessons from Clare Southworth, Ian Clarke and Ruth Morley while at flute courses.
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