PAUL EDMUND-DAVIES flute
Thursday 30 June 2022
Tickets: £25 per concert
£20 per concert, if a ticket purchased for 2 or 3 concerts in the series
£15 per concert, if a ticket purchased for all 4 concerts in the series
(multi-concert discounts apply when purchased in one transaction. Discount applied automatically at checkout)
The sun, the moon, the wind, rain and earth: the elemental forces of nature surround us. We can’t live without nature, but being so close to it, we forget its constant presence, and fail to respect it. Now, we are more than ever aware of our impact on our climate and the world’s precious resources. In this series of concerts, Reiko Fujisawa and friends will perform repertoire that focuses on both tangible and spiritual aspects of nature.
Sonata for horn and piano
Suite Floral for piano
Winter Spirits for solo flute
En foret for horn and piano
The Life of Flowers (Blumenleben) for piano
Scènes de la foret for flute, horn and piano
Mainland Music Foundation
The charitable objects of the Foundation are ‘the advancement of the art of music for the benefit of the public through the provision of concerts, festivals, recitals and performances’.
The trustees plan to fulfil those objectives by arranging concerts at venues in London and further afield, given by professional musicians who have an established national or international reputation.
Trustees: David Hirschman (Chair), Noriko Hart, Peter Hart, Susan Worsey, Stephen Barr. Charity number 1195924.
Concerts in the series:
30 June 2022 Nature & Music: Forests and Flowers
6 October 2022 Nature & Music: Shepherdesses and Folk Dances
9 March 2023 Nature & Music: Spirits on Land and Water
18 May 2023 Nature & Music: Rain and Romance
Complete Nature & Music series website
Paul was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra for twenty years. For five years he held the same position in the Philharmonia Orchestra and completed his orchestral life with two and a half years at English National Opera.
In addition, he has written a flute technique book (The 28 Day Warm Up Book), edited flute music for Kevin Mayhew Ltd, made many CDs and now regularly gives classes and recitals in Japan, USA, China, Canada, Europe and the UAE. In the summer of 2014, as a flute soloist, he directed a choir and orchestra to an audience of over 40,000 in South Korea.
He has also played on numerous film soundtracks, among them Star Wars, Harry Potter, Aliens, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and more recently, Maleficent, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, Thor, Dark World and Interstellar.
Laurence Davies was Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2018. He previously held the same position with the Philharmonia Orchestra for 10 years. In both of these positions and as guest principal with the LSO, LPO and CBSO he has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians in the most prestigious concert halls at home and abroad. During this time Laurence has also been invited to perform as concerto soloist most notably in Mozart’s 4th horn concerto which he played in the Dennis Brain 50th anniversary memorial concert conducted by Barry Tuckwell with the Philharmonia and for a live Mozart DVD with the RPO. He is also one of the soloists on the celebrated Deutsche Grammophon recording of Schumann’s Konzertstuck for four horns and orchestra with Christian Thielemann and the Philharmonia. Laurence has also enjoyed performing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with several of the UK’s most renowned tenors including Philip Langridge, Ian Partridge, Ian Bostridge, Mark Padmore and Charles Daniel.
In addition to orchestral playing Laurence is an experienced chamber musician performing both with the RPO and Philharmonia’s own ensembles and with established groups such as the Nash Ensemble, London Winds, the Razumovsky Ensemble and the Britten Sinfonia.
In 2006 Laurence was invited by Charles Dutoit and Chantal Juillet to become part of an international faculty of leading players from Canada, the USA and Europe establishing new summer music academies in China and South Korea. In this time the faculty has enjoyed introducing challenging orchestral and chamber music repertoire to young professionals chosen from the host country.
Laurence has also been busy on the London studio scene over the last 20 years and can be heard on a great many film and TV scores from Willow up until most recently Goodbye Christopher Robin and Avengers: Infinity War.
Laurence also has a BA in archaeology and classical studies.
Reiko Fujisawa fuses the sensibilities of a musician raised in the Far East who trained in the West. Following study at the Musashino University of Music in Tokyo and in San Francisco, she moved to the UK where she trained at Trinity College and with Martino Tirimo, Benjamin Kaplan and Yonty Solomon. She has been in London ever since.
Reiko’s recordings include an acclaimed CD of music by Bach, Beethoven and Schubert, released on the Quartz Music label in 2012 and described by The Arts Desk as "irresistible". Her latest recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations received a glowing review from The Record Geijutsu, Japan’s equivalent to The Gramophone, describing it as an "unpretentious, clean and refreshing performance with a refined dignity".