Paul Edmund-DaviesPaul Edmund-Davies

Paul Edmund-Davies established his international reputation as flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has performed concerti include Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano, and he has played in chamber music ensembles with André Previn.

For the last twelve years Paul has toured extensively, giving recitals, classes and performing concerti in America, Europe, Canada, Australasia, the Middle East and the Far East.

Paul has also co-written and performed on cross-over projects with Neil Percy, principal percussionist with the LSO. Their disc, Ball and Biscuit, was released in 1999 on the Black Box label. Their latest disc, Cuvée Acoustique, was released in May 2006 and a play-along version for one or two flutes (Flute Fusions) was published by Kevin Mayhew in January 2007, giving flautists the opportunity to experience different styles and rhythms from around the world.

Paul has edited several books of music entitled The Flautist's Collection and has completed editing and recording the complete flute sonatas of J. S .Bach and G. F. Handel (consisting of score, parts and CD with complete performance and play-along version), the Telemann Fantasias, the two unaccompanied partitas by  J. S. and C. P. E. Bach and the Canonic Sonatas and sonatas for two flutes by Telemann. He is currently working on editions of the complete flute works of the hitherto uncelebrated Giuseppe Rabboni.

In June 2007 his book, ‘The 28 Day Warm up Book for all Flautists … eventually!’ was published. This 150-page volume with four sections on Sonority, Fingers, Articulation and Intervals is entirely original and in a logical and musical way helps to address and solve numerous playing-related issues. It is now in its fourth edition and has reached most corners of the world!

Paul has performed on more than fifty film sound tracks, including classics such as Star Wars (episodes 1 and 2), Aliens, Braveheart, Harry Potter, Who framed Roger Rabbit? and Honey I shrunk the kids. More recent titles include Maleficent, Into the Woods and Interstellar.

When not playing the flute, Paul is a director of The Champagne Guild, a company devoted to introducing previously unavailable champagnes into the United Kingdom.

As of 22/09/05, Paul took up the position of principal flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra and in January 2011 was appointed to the same position with English National Opera.

Since June 2013, he has been completely self-employed, dividing his time between solo tours of the Far East and USA, writing educational material, recording and guesting with major orchestras.

In July 2012 he was honoured as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

Clare Jefferis Clare Jefferis

Clare Jefferis won a Foundation Scholarship in 2001 to attend the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Paul Edmund-Davies, Jaime Martin, and Stewart McIlwham.

A former member of the National Youth Orchestra, she is now a busy freelancer and works with many UK orchestras including: English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Northern Sinfonia. Clare has performed internationally throughout Europe, Japan and Korea and has worked on the touring shows "Oliver!" (Cameron Mackintosh) and "Wicked".

She has performed at Buckingham Palace for the Royal Family and also several times as part of the BBC Proms. Commercially, she has worked with Katherine Jenkins, Katie Melua, Russell Watson and the guitarist John Williams. Clare is a founding member of contemporary flute group FLIGHT, a commercial classical trio with a twist, performing at events around the world including an appearance at Vogue Caftan (Fashion Week) in Marrakech.

Clare is passionate about teaching and is Professor of flute at the Junior department of Trinity Laban. She tutors regularly on flute days and residential courses and has worked for Flutewise, Hong Kong Flute Academy and teaches at the Flute Kitchen summer school in Harrogate.

Clare is grateful for the support of: Solti Foundation, AHRB, Musician's Benevolent Fund, and John Lewis plc.

Thomas HancoxThomas Hancox

Thomas Hancox has worked as guest principal flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John's, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, along with performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Dunedin Consort, and the London Handel Orchestra, amongst others. Solo and chamber work has led to collaborations with artists and ensembles including the Allegri and Sacconi string quartets, Trevor Pinnock, Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Matthew Barley, and Matthew Hunt, with recitals in the Cheltenham, Spitalfields, St Davids, Canterbury, and Oxford Chamber Music festivals. He is an artist on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme, and also with Live Music Now.

A committed teacher, he works with students at King's College London and on several summer courses (the Flute Kitchen, Harrogate; the London Flute Academy), having previously taught at the Dragon School (Oxford). He was formerly the Junior Editor of Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society, and now acts as an animateur for CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

He first read music at St Peter's College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a first, before pursuing further studies in Paris with Patrick Gallois, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles, finishing with a distinction and the honorary DipRAM. He was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Craxton Memorial Trust.

John AlleyJohn Alley

Until very recently John Alley was Principal Keyboard Player of the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has played just about everywhere. Indeed, he recently returned from a very successful trip to the west coast of the USA with Michael Tilson Thomas.

He has performed in countless Proms and has worked with many of the twentieth century's major composer/conductors, including Boulez, Berio, Benjamin, Henze, Lutoswaski, Oliver Knussen, and Thomas Ades.

A 'minor' sensation occurred in the performance of Shostakovich's 'Suite for the Hypothetically Murdered' when he drank a pint of beer in the middle of a cadenza!

He has recorded extensively for television, radio, and disc and played on the soundtracks films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Braveheart, Little Women and (the new) Jane Eyre. He has contributed to over thirty volumes of music including Rabboni flute sonatas and the Arban trumpet studies, for which he wrote the accompaniments.