WILLIAM DOWDALL

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Dublin born William Dowdall, one of Ireland’s leading musicians, combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.

He trained in Cleveland, Ohio, where his teachers included Maurice Sharp of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his interest in new music was sparked by Donald Erb, composer in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. On returning to Ireland at the age of 21 he was appointed principal flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. From 1979 to 2004 he was principal flute of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed professor of flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2004.He has given over 50 solo performances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared at all the major festivals in Ireland.

Patricia Morris – Piccolo – Feldenkrais

Patricia studied on an open scholarship with Geoffrey Gilbert at the Royal Manchester College of Music.

Her career began in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, where she specialised in playing the piccolo. She has had a varied freelance career, playing with most of the major symphony orchestras in England whilst occupying the chair of Principal Piccolo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Patricia has a strong commitment to and enjoyment of teaching; as well as being a professor at the Academy she gives masterclasses at various conservatoires and courses around Europe. Patricia is the author of The Piccolo Study Book and co-author with Trevor Wye of Orchestral Study Books for Flute, Alto Flute and Piccolo.

In recent years, as a result of a long-term interest in how tensions in the body affect playing, Patricia trained and qualified as a Feldenkrais practitioner. She now uses this method to help musicians overcome habitual patterns which inhibit their performance. Since 2001 Patricia has been the Feldenkrais practitioner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.

BRIAN DUNNING

During his 30 year professional career, Brian Dunning has appeared on numerous releases for Windham Hill Records, Hearts of Space and Celtic Heartbeat as  a composer and player, with the acclaimed contemporary Celtic band , Nightnoise, in collaboration with keyboardist, Jeff Johnson ,as a solo artist and as a leader with his band ,Puck Fair.

Dublin born, Dunning studied with the legendary Doris Keogh at the Royal Irish Academy of  Music and also with James Galway. As the recipient of the first scholarship ever awarded to  a jazz musician by the Irish Arts Council, he studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.                                                                   

Tom Doorley

 Born in 1972, Tom, from Glenageary, Co. Dublin has been playing for some years in both classical and traditional music circles, in Ireland and abroad. With lessons from Vincent Broderick and influences from many musicians including Séamus Mac Mathúna and Matt Molloy, Tom has established his own style over the years. Widely regarded amongst musicians as a master flautist, he is known for his wild and unpredictable melodic and harmonic variations and for his tenderness of treatment in playing for songs.As a young musician himself, Tom is very aware of the knowledge and encouragement he was given whilst learning by the musicians he regarded highly, so when not on tour performing with Danú, he pursues his second love in life – teaching both classical and traditional flute to the next generation.

MICHAEL COX

       

Michael Cox is one of Britain’s best known flautists. He is principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta, professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music and artistic director of the flute website “Principal Chairs” for whom he has recorded and discussed all main orchestral solos. As a soloist he has appeared many times in the BBC Proms, in the main London halls and, further afield, in all continents.

Having previously held principal flute tenures with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Britten Sinfonia, Michael Cox now relishes the wonderful variety of belonging to symphony, chamber orchestra & avant garde ensembles of international renown in combination with travelling as a soloist and teacher. Recent highlights as a soloist include the posthumous world premiere of a work for alto flute, mezzo soprano and orchestra by John Tavener in the Royal Albert Hall, the UK premiere of a concerto by Finnish composer Lotta Wennakoski, the world premiere of a piccolo concerto written for him by Simon Holt, three tours to Australia and a tour & recordings in the USA of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto 4 & 5 alongside the legendary pianist Murray Perahia.
Michael Cox’s commitment to new music has led him to work directly with UK composers such as Tippett, Maxwell Davies, Birtwistle, Knussen, Benjamin, Ades and Turnage in addition to composers such as Messian, Berio, Boulez, Lutoslawski, Stockhausen, Dutilleux, Takemitsu, Reich and Adams. Equally devoted to his teaching, recent graduates from Michael Cox’s flute class at the Royal Academy of Music have included Adam Walker and Alexandra Jakeman (principal and second flute -London Symphony Orchestra), Joshua Batty and Claire Wickes (principals of the RTE concert orchestra and English National Opera), Amy Yule and Sarah Bennett (the new principal of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and second of the Halle Orchestra respectively).
Michael Cox has recorded (Naxos, Sony, Hyperion, Nimbus) and broadcast widely and is an international artist for Altus Flutes. This year he has toured in Europe, USA, the Middle East, Far East and Australia but he is equally happy at home in the hilltop village near Oxford where he lives.

                        

WILLIAM BENNETT

One of the foremost musical artists performing today, William Bennett has raised the profile of the flute to that of an instrument capable of a wide range of tonal colours, dynamics, and expression, giving it the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or a string instrument.
He studied in London with Geoffrey Gilbert, and in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse.
The Master classes of Marcel Moyse in Switzerland in the late 70’s provided extra stimulus and inspiration so that William Bennett’s burgeoning career developed as an International soloist and recording artist.

STEPHEN CLARK

Recipient of the 2016 Sir James Galway Rising Star Award, Stephen Clark gives more than 200 performances each year across all 7 continents. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music and in Switzerland and America with Sir James Galway. As a student, Stephen won both the 2nd prize in the Scottish Mozart Concerto Competition and 1st prize in the prestigious RCS Concerto Competition.

As a soloist he performs over 200 concerts each year internationally. Regularly invited to perform at flute festivals, he has given solo recitals at both the Conventions of the British Flute Society and the National Flute Association of America and the Sir James Galway Flute Festival in Switzerland. Solo engagements have taken him throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Finland, Canada, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Croatia, Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Egypt, China, Libya, Malta, Japan, Australia, Belgium, France, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Seychelles, Maldives, Malaysia, Brazil, Norway, Iceland, Korea, Peru, Vietnam, Greece, Slovenia and the U.S.A.  Stephen is proud to be an Ambassador for the Music for Youth Initiative of Scotland and Honorary President of the Lisburn Flute Orchestra in Northern Ireland.  In addition to his engagements as a classical musician he has performed alongside several popular music artists including Annie Lennox, Andrea Bocelli and pop band McFly.

In addition to his performing schedule, Stephen is invited frequently to give classes both in the UK and abroad. Upcoming masterclasses for this season include  Dublin and Indiana, USA.  From 2009-2011 Stephen was the Artistic Director of the Birmingham Flute Orchestra and is now proud to be an Ambassador for the Music for Youth Initiative of Scotland and Honorary President of the Lisburn Flute Orchestra in Northern Ireland- the 1st cross community ensemble of its kind promoting  peace and the fight against sectarianism.
He is often invited to perform on some of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners and has been a headline performer for Seabourn, Holland America Line, Silversea, Princess, Crystal, Azamara, Celebrity, P&O, Oceania, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines.
Stephen has recorded for Classic FM, Amadeus, Linn Records and for the Naxos label and broadcast live on Northern Ireland’s 7FM and BBC Radio 3. He has released 2 solo albums on the Voyage Record Label. In 2015, Stephen was accepted into the Recording Academy of America and is now a voting member in the Grammys. Stephen has appeared on screen as the flute player in both the BBC’s period drama series “Desperate Romantics” and ITV’s feature film “Miss Marple – The Secret of Chimneys”.

The Master classes of Marcel Moyse in Switzerland in the late 70’s provided extra stimulus and inspiration so that William Bennett’s burgeoning career developed as an International soloist and recording artist.

JOSHUA BATTY

Joshua Batty began his studies at Chetham’s School of Music with Gitte Marcusson, Richard Davis and Katherine Baker, during which time he became Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, London where he studied with Michael Cox completing his undergraduate degree in 2014. While a student of the school Joshua spent a year studying with Jacques Zoon at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève.

He was awarded both the Sussex Award in the Royal Overseas League Competition and the LSO Candide Prize following his participation in the LSO Woodwind Academy. Joshua was then accepted into both Aldeburgh World Orchestra and as Principal Flute with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (2012-14).

Joshua has guested as Principal Flute with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, John Wilson Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Ensemble 360. He has performed in prestigious festivals and international concert series such as Berliner Musikfest, Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh International, BBC Proms, Singapore Arts, Royal Concertgebouw, Staatskapelle Dresden and La Scala Milan as well as recently performing solo concerts at Buckingham Palace and the London Flute Festival amongst others.

Joshua is the former Principal Flute of the RTÉ  Concert Orchestra, Dublin (2015-17) with whom he has also appeared as a concerto soloist and is currently a tutor of flute at the Royal Northern College of Music. Upcoming events include performing as Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and giving a recital and masterclasses at Chetham’s School of Music as part of the Haworth Series.