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15 July 2024
Idyll: The English Flute Unheard

James Dutton (flute)
Oliver Davies (piano)

Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Menuhin Hall in Surrey, this recording is a superb selection of music for Flute (mainly with Piano) by composers who either taught or studied at the Royal College of Music in London.  None of these works have been recorded commercially for this instrumentation. Composers include Richard Walthew, Cyril Bradley Rootham, Sir George Henschel, Robin Milford, Armstrong Gibbs, Norman Demuth, Stanley Bate, Leonard Salzedo and John White.


Richard Henry Walthew: Idyll

Cyril Bradley Rootham: Suite in Three Movements, Op.64 I. Passacaglia II. Sarabande III. Jig

Sir George Henschell: Theme and Variations, Op.73

Robin Milford: Sonata in C major, Op.64 I. Allegro II. Poco lento III. Allegro leggiero

Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: Suite in A major, Op.144 I. Prelude II. Minuet III. Sarabande IV. Gavotte V. Quick Dance

Norman Demuth: Three Pastorals after Ronsard, for Flute Solo I. Tranquillo II. Leggiero III. Mesto

Stanley Bate: Sonata, Op.11 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Presto

Leonard Salzedo: Cantiga Morisca, for Solo Flute John White: Duettino

Recorded in the Menuhin Hall, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey, UK on 16th & 17th September 2017.
Recording Production & Editing: Mike Purton
Recording Engineering: Tony Faulkner
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Total Time: 75.14
Release Date: June 2018

James Dutton (flute)James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning prizes for orchestral, solo and chamber music performances. 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 a recital at the Purcell Room which included the world premiere of The Colour of Pomegranates for alto flute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson.

Since 1997 he has been principal flute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London. He has appeared with them as a soloist many times including concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, many European cities and tours across Australia and South Korea.

As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Philharmonia, and also as principal flute of the CAMus Sinfonietta, Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London and as a member of L'Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble. He is currently principal flute of the London Military Band.

Over the last twenty years he has appeared in numerous recitals, performing a huge variety of repertoire. He also appears on many recordings both with his own band and as a guest performer, and has given live radio and TV broadcasts. In December 2016 he gave a series of recitals in the USA, and has also been invited to perform for both the British Flute Society and the Norwegian Flute Festival. In November 2017 he appeared in recital together with Tom Ottar Andreassen, co-principal flute of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently returned from a successful recital tour in Norway and the USA where he included several works from “Idyll” in his programmes. He and Oliver Davies met at the RCM in 1988, and after nearly thirty years of performing together are delighted to have released “Idyll” as their debut album.


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.

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