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New sounds on old flutes: Carla Rees and Gavin Stewart

New sounds on old flutes: Carla Rees and Gavin Stewart

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  • Date 16 Feb 2023
  • Time 7.30pm
  • Category Music and performance

International Concert Series 2022/23

We are excited to welcome back acclaimed flautists Carla Rees and Gavin Stewart to our series with a concert showcasing the multifaceted flute, with music from Boismortier, Telemann to Hurel.

Event programme

Mario Diaz de Leon (b 1979): Alter of two serpents (2009) 
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Sonata in B minor, TWV 40/141
Joseph Bodin De Boismortier (1689–1755): Sonata in G major, Op 8 No 4 
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788; arr Rees): Duetto in E minor, WQ 140
Philippe Hurel (b 1955): Loops III (2002)

This concert will also feature a new work by a Department of Music student.

Carla Rees is a British low flutes player, composer and arranger, working to raise the profile of her instruments through research, performance and collaboration. Her career incorporates solo and chamber music performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and recordings, including a discography of nearly 30 albums. She has premiered several hundred works for low flutes, many of which are now published by her company Tetractys Publishing and is currently working on a project to create contemporary repertoire for baroque flute. She has nearly 90 published arrangements and compositions, including her 2016 work for solo piccolo, Nightsong, which has been performed in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, USA and Canada and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She is Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble rarescale, with whom she has performed in the UK and internationally and appeared on BBC Radio 3, and Director of its associated ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Music in London. 

Gavin Stewart is a flautist, composer, and researcher with a particular interest in the realm of new music which kickstarted after he studied with Robert Dick in New York City following his undergraduate studies. He is currently completing his PhD which explores the Kingma system flute's capabilities at retranslating the sounds and techniques of the Japanese shakuhachi through the curation of a new body of work for flute and electronics. Gavin has appeared as a guest artist in several international festivals and conventions including the NFA convention (USA), International Low Flutes Festival (USA), and Waterloo festival (UK). He also hels a residency with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Banff Centre for Arts (Canada) and has recently finished a young artist programme with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Through these opportunities he has worked closely with leading contemporary composers such as Rebecca Saunders, Harrison Birtwistle, Liza Lim and Richard Causton.

Booking is essential. Ticket prices are £12.50 (standard); £10 (concession; over 60s); £5 for Royal Holloway alumni and non-Royal Holloway students; FREE for Royal Holloway students, Royal Holloway staff and children under the age of 16. Season tickets apply to this event.

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