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James Dutton (flute), Oliver Davies (piano) play Messiaen, Ravel and Martinu

Monday July 16, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Idyll, for flute and piano - Richard Henry Walthew
  2. Sonata in C for flute and piano Op 69 - Robin Milford
  3. Vocalise en forme de habanera - Maurice Ravel
  4. Vocalise - Olivier Messiaen
  5. Sonata for flute and piano H306 - Bohuslav Martinu

James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning several prizes for his performances of solo works, chamber music and contemporary repertoire. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medals and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.

As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, he gave the world premiere of “The Colour of Pomegranates:” for alto flute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson. He has also recently commissioned works from the composer Rob Stroh.

For the past twenty years he has been principal flute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London (a position from which he retires in six months), performing at venues across the world from music festivals and International Tattoos to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

He has appeared as a soloist in many venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, as well as across many countries in Europe, Canada, the USA, South Korea and Australia.

He has performed as a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and was principal flute of the Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London, as well as a member of L’Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble. He is also currently principal flute of the London Military Band.

His recital repertoire has ranged from classic works to contemporary pieces. He also appears on many recordings both with his own band and as a guest performer, and given live radio and TV broadcasts. In December 2016 he gave a series of recitals in the USA and has recently been invited to perform for both the British and Norwegian Flute Societies, including a recital alongside Tom Ottar Andreassen, co-principal flute of the Oslo Philharmonic. He recently returned from giving his recital debut in Oslo, and a further trip to the USA.

He and Oliver Davies met at the RCM in 1988, and after nearly thirty years of performing together are delighted to have recently released “Idyll - the English Flute unheard” as their debut album on the MPR label - a disc described as “hugely enjoyable…two soloists perfectly in tune with the repertoire” by the British Music Society.

Oliver Davies studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal as outstanding student of his year and for many years was both a piano professor and Keeper of the Department of Portraits and Performance History (which he founded).

His playing career has covered many styles, from recordings, recitals and broadcasts on early pianos to modern British premières at the Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls. As a chamber-music player he has appeared with many distinguished artists including the flautists Sir James Galway, Michael Cox and Philippa Davies, and the clarinettists Colin Bradbury and Dame Thea King. He is particularly known for his programmes on special themes, including scholarly reconstructions of historical concerts (for Aldeburgh and the BBC), surveys of the musical histories of great British houses, and re-assessments of historically significant composers and performers. Further reconstructions have been of period balls (the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A), melodramas (the Theatre Museum) and silent film scores (The National Film Theatre).

Ongoing projects include The Great War and the Violin (2014-) and Great Violinists at Drury Lane (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 2016-), both with violinist Robert Gibbs, and a double CD with cellist Adrian Bradbury of the operatic paraphrases of Alfredo Piatti.

He is also Acting Curator of the Museum of Music History .

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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