"I want flute playing to be expansive and to communicate a story!
This week on Talking Flutes, Clare speaks with the wonderful London flute player, and Professor at the Guildhall College of Music in London Philippa Davis about how she started and always being very busy!!
Philippa Davies has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing. Originally Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of GB, Philippa went on to train at the Royal College of Music with Douglas Whittaker and later William Bennett. She won many awards including the Tagore Gold Medal Prize, the National Federation of Music Societies award, the Mozart Memorial Prize and was a Park Lane Group Young Artist. She was a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s ensemble Fires of London, and of the ensembles Capricorn and Albion; currently she is part of the Nash Ensemble and London Winds directed by Michael Collins and plays in duo with Jan Willem Nelleke, piano, and with Maggie Cole, harpsichord.
She was principal flute with the London Mozart Players, and continues to be a regular guest principal flute with all the main London orchestras. As a soloist, she has taken part in many international festivals since her debut at the BBC proms in 1988. She gives masterclasses, recitals and broadcasts, and performs concertos throughout the world with many orchestras.
Philippa’s numerous recordings include Mozart’s entire original concertos and quartets, Bach’s Flute Sonatas, Romance of the Flute and Harp, Poulenc’s Flute Sonata, Giles Swayne’s Winter Solstice Carol with the King’s College Choir and all William Alwyn’s flute music. She is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has a summer International Flute Course in Cubertou, France.
'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast recordings by the TJ flute company. For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com
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