I have hit the ground running at the start of 2014 with final preparations and rehearsals with Alasdair Beatson for my forthcoming recital tour as part of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars Series. The first three of our concerts are in two weeks time, starting in Hamburg, then to Amsterdam and on to Brussels. I have chosen two programmes for the tour, which illustrate the development of the flute as a solo instrument over a period of four hundred years, from J.S Bach to a brand new commission by good friend and Ensemble 360 composer in residence, Charlie Piper. His new work takes its inspiration from Kokopele, an ancient deity from Native American mythology, often depicted in petroglyphs (rock engravings) as a hump-backed flute player with a phallus. It is a fantastic piece and proving lots of fun to learn, with uneven rhythmic patterns passing between the flute and piano, and with a few technical challenges! Please do come along to hear it at one of my ECHO concerts, see the Performances page for more details!