Sir James Galway will be appearing at the Proms in the Park and ahead of this he had an interview on Radio 3's program In Tune. We played an excerpt of the Carmen Fantasy which he will be playing in the park and also some duets with his wife and duo partner Lady Jeanne Galway. This was on their 32nd wedding anniversary! http://bbc.in/2c3LTXA
Trevor Wye's Summer Course
I played for Trevor Wye's flute course at the of August at his beautiful home in gorgeous Kent countryside. My baby daughter was 12 weeks at this point in this is my first public appearance since having her. As usual we had lots of fun and played this beautiful rendition of Chaminade's Automne, originally a solo piano piece. Here it is arranged by Trevor himself:
We performed a small program as part of a private event in London and received a touching standing ovation from everybody at the event. This was an important performance for me as it was my last performance before becoming a mother. I'm extremely excited about my little one arriving and I hope she already has a sense for good music. I'm taking a small break from performing but not long. My first performance is already scheduled for the end of August. I have some exciting concerts coming up in the UK and in Budapest. Watch this space!
Concert with flautist Marlene Verwey, organist Herman Jordaan and bass James Lyttle
We played a charity concert to raise funds for the church in Witley, Surrey. It was a lovely atmosphere and the little church was filled to the brim with the enthusiastic audience. It was quite a varied concert with solo organ pieces, combinations of piano, flute and bass Bach arias up to Old Man River and some virtuoso late romantic flute pieces as well. I played a solo piece, Mozart's 12 variations on the theme of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. My little one (at 35 weeks pregnant) loved it! Despite the extremely rare hot weather, we had a great time performing at this beautiful little church.
This was a special occasion as Sir James Galway was receiving an honourary doctorate from the Birmingham Conservatoire. We played a fantastic concert for the completely full Adrian Boult hall audience and it was a really great experience. The hall was seriously hot so Sir James used the handy little hook on the side of the Steinway concert grand to hang up his coat! The piano was really fantastic which is always a real plus when playing such an important concert. At this point I was 34 weeks pregnant and my little one enjoyed the music as well!
Concerts in Budapest, Hungary
I had a wonderful time performing two concerts in Budapest with the wonderfully talented Hungarian flautist, Zsuzsa Vamosi-Nagy. The first concert was an intimate setting with a lovely friendly audience. Our second concert was in a much larger theatre with a beautiful concert grand Steinway piano. Again we had an enthusiastic audience and enjoyed performing our program which mainly consisted of Impressionistic and Romantic music. We also featured two prominent female composers in this program, namely Melanie Bonis and Cecile Chaminade.
Jane and I were honoured to perform at Handel House (or what's now known as Handel Hendrix House) last Thursday. Tickets for this concert was already sold out in December last year so it was a big occasion for us. We performed arias from Purcell, Handel operas and Bach oratorios and I also performed a solo work, Bach French Suite no 2. Jane wowed the audience with her vocal acrobatics which was really impressive considering she had a horrible cold and hardly any speaking voice! I really enjoyed playing on the restored Kirkman harpsichord. A tiny a bit stressful as I found out two days before the concert I'd be playing on this wonderful instrument due to changes in the museum and I had no chance to practice on it other than on the day of the concert! It was a joy to play on and a massive honour as I was the first person to perform on it in concert after it's restoration. It's a very special and rare harpsichord which is over 200 years old. All in all we had great fun and enjoyed performing these baroque masterpieces in such an apt setting.
Niall and I performed a concert last week in the seaside town Seaford in East Sussex. This was a very well-organised concert and Niall and I both enjoyed performing for the large, enthusiastic audience. We've been invited back in 2017 so watch this space.
In the second last week of August I played for Trevor Wye's course which took place at Cheltenham's Lady College. The beautiful buildings of this historic school and fun group of people made for a very enjoyable couple of days. Masterclasses took place each day and we ended off the course with a concert by the students and Trevor. This was my last flute course for 2015 and I am very happy to say that I am now on holiday :-)
Last year my dear friend Niall O'Riordan was named one of the Rising Stars 2015. Part of this prestigious prize is giving a recital. Niall and I often appear in concert wearing Victorian costumes and we decided to do this again for this recital, performing Fruhling and Briccialdi. Along with playing for all these recitals, I also accompanied Masterclasses with Sir James Galway and Kersten McCall, principal flute player of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.