Posted Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 by Conor Basnett
A wonderful evening of Classical Music which transformed Frances Aviva Blane's painting into a different dimension.
Margaret Campbell and Chris Bain filled Bay Hall with magical notes, powerful tones of flute playing while Bemjamin Hughes Cello playing was also superb.
Bay Hall was decorated with Spring blossom and the table laid with Spanish canapes made by Judit Prieto Rovira.
During the interval Blane and Wiffen drawings were Auctioned contributing valuable funds to the schools new permanent build fund.
Margaret began her musical studies at the Aylesbury Music Centre before winning an Open Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied with John Francis and Sebastian Bell, winning both prizes for the flute. During this time she also attended master-classes with James Galway. At the age of twenty she left the RCM to take up her appointment as Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, working extensively with Simon Rattle and appearing on several occasions as soloist including a Henry Wood Promenade Concert.
In 1981 she won the National Federation of Music Societies Award for Young Concert Artists which led to numerous recital and concerto engagements all over the country and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 with her pianist John Lenehan. In 1986 she moved back to London as Principal Flute with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In addition to this post she freelances as a soloist and recitalist and appears regularly as guest Principal Flute with the major London orchestras.
She is Professor of flute at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Chris Bain studied the flute and piccolo at the Royal College of Music with David Butt. Whist there he started to play professionally and his first engagement was with the Philharmonia Orchestra. After the RCM he started to freelance and played frequently with the Welsh National Opera and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras and, in 1987 was appointed the principal flute player for the West End production of "Phantom of the Opera". He currently still holds the post which he combines with freelancing, primarily with the BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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