Nielsen & Mozart Flute Concertos CD

I am excited to announce that Signum Records will officially release my recording of Nielsen & Mozart Concertos in October 2016, but it is now available to pre-order here.


List of Works:

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K 313
Andante for Flute in C Major, K 315
Rondo for Flute in D Major, K 373


Flute Concerto, FS 119

ECHO Rising Stars Tour Part 1

The last few weeks have just flown by and I have been having a fantastic time performing in some of Europe’s greatest concert halls with Alasdair Beatson (piano) as part of our European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars tour. We started in Hamburg, where we were given a very warm welcome at the Laeiszhalle Elbphilharmonie. We were playing in the Kleiner Saal, which seats up to 640 people and is gorgeous with preserved 1950s design and a very sonorous acoustic. It was fun to chat to Dorothee Kalbhenn about my career and that evening’s programme in a very relaxed pre-concert talk and it was also the world premiere performance of Charlie Piper’s ‘Kokopele’, which added extra excitement to the event. It was also lovely to meet and hear some up-and-coming young flute players at the Jugendmusikschule Hamburg. Our next concert was at the truly amazing Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. It felt wonderfully intimate, making my spine-tingle playing in the beautiful Recital Hall, as you feel so close to the audience in the oval setting. It was amazing to receive a standing ovation whilst being handed a very beautiful bouquet of flowers and this very special concert is one that I’ll never forget. We then travelled to Brussels where we were playing at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in the magnificent Henry Le Boeuf Hall. It was so exciting to play in this huge hall! Despite it’s large scale, it seats around 2200 people, the acoustics are so fabulous that it still managed to feel beautifully intimate in a chamber setting and the audience were extremely warm and attentive. We couldn’t leave Brussels without visiting some of the haute chocolate shops and came back with some amazing Pierre Marcolini treats! Our last concert on the first leg of this tour was a bit closer to home, at Birmingham’s Town Hall. It was particularly special for me to play here, since I grew up nearby in Warwick and so have been going to Birmingham both to play and listen to concerts at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall all my life. We really enjoyed playing some great chamber repertoire in the generous acoustic and it was lovely to meet lots of audience members afterwards over a glass of sherry.

The next concerts in our ECHO Rising Stars Tour are not until March, but February looks busy both with Royal Northern Sinfonia concerts and also concerts with Ensemble 360, including our our first ensemble performance in Doncaster’s new performance space, CAST tomorrow, with the World Premiere of Charlotte Bray’s ‘Shadow Games’, for soloists and orchestra.


Here’s to an exciting 2014!

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!

Ensemble 360 concerts…

This week I am touring the UK with my wonderful friends in Ensemble 360, with concerts in Milton Keynes, Bowness on Windermere, Wiltshire and Sheffield. The programme brings together film, music and industry to celebrate two centenaries that have markedly changed Britain’s cultural and economical landscape: the birth of Benjamin Britten and the discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield, where the ensemble holds a residency with Music in the Round. Ensemble 360 have commissioned two pieces to be performed in the programme; a newly commissioned score written by Associate Composer, Charlie Piper, to some of the BFI’s (British Film Institute’s) recently restored archive film about the stainless steel industry and its process of production, as well as a newly commissioned film in response to Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, by film maker Katie Goodwin. Alongside these new works we are performing Britten’s Sinfonietta, which he wrote when he was just 18 years old!… At each venue we are also giving introductory, educational musical performances of Paul Rissmann’s brand new, irresistible piece of music based on the book ‘Stan and Mabel’, which was written and illustrated by Jason Chapman.


Welcome to my new website!

I am celebrating anniversaries galore in concerts this week!.. On Thursday 14th November, Alasdair Beatson and I performed Aaron Copland’s Duo for flute and piano as part of our recital at Kings Hall in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which would have been on Copland’s 113th birthday! This coming Friday, which is Britten’s centenary, I look forward to playing in Benjamin Britten’s beautiful Nocturne for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra at Sage Gateshead with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and Samuel Boden. I have also just heard that I have been awarded a grant by the Britten- Pears Foundation towards the commission of a new work for flute and piano by Charlie Piper, which I will be premiering in Hamburg next January before touring around Europe! For more details see the Performance Calendar page…