David was born in 1988 and first studied flute with Hazel Hunter. He continued his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with David Nicholson (principal flute, Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Richard Blake (principal flute, Scottish Opera) and most recently with Katherine Bryan (principal flute, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). He has studied piccolo with Janet Richardson (principal piccolo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and baroque flute with Lis Dooner (Scottish Chamber Orchestra).
During his time at the RSAMD, David was selected to take part in a mentoring scheme in the flute section of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was also selected to participate in rehearsals side-by-side with RSNO players. He has performed with Red Note Ensemble, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary music ensembles, as well as the Dunedin Consort (principal baroque flute) and Ensemble Thing.
David has performed as principal flute with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Musiclab (the RSAMD’s resident new music ensemble), the National Scottish Youth Orchestra and 2nd flute with Glasgow Sinfonia. Through performing with the above ensembles, he has performed under such conductors as Garry Walker (Paragon Ensemble), Baldur Brönnimann (National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia), John Butt (Dunedin Consort), David Danzmayr (Ensemble Acrobat), Peter Donohoe OBE, Christoph Mueller (Göttingen Symphonie Orchester), Philip Mackenzie (Amadeus Orchestra) and Christopher Swaffer (Auricle Ensemble).
David has a keen interest in concerto performance. He has been a finalist in the prestigious RSAMD Concerto Competition, performed Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise (Franz Doppler) with the Stockport Youth Symphony Orchestra and won the Concerto Competition of Glasgow Music Festival. Other successes with Glasgow Music Festival include being awarded the Festival Association Award and the Ian McIntyre bursary, allowing him to attend the European Youth Summer Music course.
Since graduating, David’s professional engagements have included performing SEVen.waVES for solo flute and electronics by Joseph Hyde with Edit Point in Glasgow’s City Halls. The live recording of this performance can be found on Joseph Hyde’s website. He has also given a solo recital in Glasgow University Concert Hall, accompanied by Claire Haslin, performing works by Gaubert, Takemitsu and Hamilton Harty.
James Dutton was born in 1969, and started playing the flute at the age of 10, learning first with Kenneth Bell, and Clare Southworth. He attended the International Summer School several times, studying with Trevor Wye and the late Geoffrey Gilbert.
He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1992, having studied with Graham Mayger, David Butt and Sebastian Bell. During his time at the RCM, he won several prizes for chamber music playing, and particularly for performances of contemporary music including a performance of Berio’s, Tempi Concertati for flute and four ensembles. He also played in numerous other concerts in a wide range of repertoire, including a series of recitals at Apsley House as a member of L’Anima di Musica, and appearances with the Perspectives ensemble in concerts in London and the Vallodolid Contemporary Music Festival in Spain. He has also performed concertos by Mozart, Salieri, Cimarosa, Reinecke and Ibert.
His love of contemporary repertoire led to him being selected for a recital in the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series at the Purcell Room (accompanied by Mark Kinkaid) where he performed to critical praise the Boulez Sonatine, and also gave the world premiere of The Colour of Pomegranates for alto flute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson.
James joined the Army in 1997, playing as principal flute in the Band of The Scots Guards. He has won many prizes since then, including two Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medals. He has performed as a soloist in concerts all over the UK and Europe, as well as South Korea, and a tour of Australia. Recent appearances include solos at the Royal Albert Hall and the Beaulieu-sur-Mer Music Festival. In September 2005 he was awarded the Fellowship of Trinity College London in Flute Performance. He is also an experienced teacher, and is currently Flute Tutor at St. Helens School, Northwood.
Rachel Smith read music at Royal Holloway, University of London and continued her studies with Peter Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music. She now performs regularly in London and across the UK in recital and freelances with various orchestras, including the West End Theatre and recordings for BBC Radio. Recent performances include the Reinecke Flute Concerto, Bach Suite in B Minor with the Musicians of All Saints and the premiere of Paul Carr’s 2nd Flute Concerto with Clifton Camerata in the 2002 Brighton Festival.
Rachel is actively involved in chamber music and has performed in festivals across the UK and abroad, most recently a highly acclaimed recital in the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe. She is a member of Tacet Ensemble, promoting new music, with performances across the South East and a broadcast on Radio 3s Hear and Now in June.
She has commissioned works from composers such as Martin Ellerby, Paul Lewis and Paul Carr and has given many first performances of works with New Music Brighton. Rachel gives frequent recitals for the ‘Music in Hospitals’ scheme and works regularly with harpist Emma Ramsdale. She has toured the UK and abroad including Japan in 2002 playing the Chaminade Concertino which she has also recorded. Forthcoming plans for 2005 include a second tour to Japan, a recital at the Fairfield Halls Croydon and a chamber music CD of British Flute Music to be released on the Campion label in Autumn 2005.