Meet the Composers Flute Day - Ian Clarke and Mike Mower

21st November 2015, The Learning Centre, Winchester Cathedral

Meet the Composers Flute Day

'a stunning performance by player composer Ian Clarke....a true master of his art' British Flute Society

Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London's South Bank to the Glastonbury Rock Festival and have been featured in countless recitals including four consecutive BBC Young Musician Woodwind finals*. These wide-ranging published works are establishing themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, syllabuses, teachers, colleges & students alike.

Ian has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands and numerous times for the British Flute Society (BFS) and for the NFA (National Flute Association) in the USA - including in New York 2009 and at Caeser's Palace Las Vegas. His acclaimed CD 'Within' is one of the flute world's best sellers and his latest CD Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music. He has given master-classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern, Royal Welsh and Trinity College of Music. 2014 sees him giving master-classes at New York's Juilliard, MSM and Mannes along with other recitals and classes across the USA. He has worked with Flutewise (UK) over many years and has been their artist of the year. In his career he has performed in genres ranging from classical opera to a guest appearance with rock group Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson. Over the years Ian has been invited as a guest artist to many of the top flute courses. Along with Clare Southworth, Ian led the Woldingham International Summer School for many years and has been a regular teacher (and performer) at the Scottish Summer School with Wissam Boustany and Ruth Morely. He is frequently invited to lead and teach at numerous flute events working with all ages and stages around the country and abroad.

A prize-winning student, Ian studied part-time with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music, London. He concurrently studied Mathematics at Imperial College, London graduating with Honours. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Ian has worked extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television under the name of Diva Music (www.divamusic.co.uk)

Ian is an International Miyazawa Flute artist.

Mike Mower works as a composer, mainly writing newly commissioned works. His music is published by Itchy Fingers Publications for which he has also written a series of very successful books of educational standard music. Mike also works as an arranger for commercial music in a wide range of styles and combinations.

Mike originally studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was later awarded the ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music). He also plays the saxophone and clarinet, and has led numerous Jazz ensembles, playing his own compositions, from quartet to big band. In 1985 Mike founded and led Itchy Fingers, the internationally renowned jazz saxophone quartet which toured the world until disbanding in 1997.

As a freelance musician, Mike has played and recorded with jazz, rock and classical artists as diverse as Gil Evans, Tina Turner, Paul Weller, Bjšrk, James Galway and Ryuchi Sakamoto.

Mike's playing and writing careers have always run side by side. As a composer and arranger, he has written for numerous Big Bands including the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, NDR Radio Big Band, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, The University of Kentucky and the Texas Tech Wind Orchestra. Individual artists such as James Galway, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Clare Southworth and the Safri Duo have commissioned works from Mike as well as numerous ensembles from saxophone quartets to string quartets. He has arranged orchestral pop scores for styles as diverse as for "Pop Boy Bands", MOR covers, and for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Mike has edited and mastered dozens of CDs for artists from his studio as well as producing records for both classical and jazz ensembles. He has produced two albums for James Galway, "Tango Del Fuego" and "Unbreak My Heart" using his compositions and arrangements.

He frequently performs and demonstrates his music at colleges, universities and music conventions worldwide. Mike plays a Powell flute and is currently a Powell endorsee.

Tickets are £25 for the day which will run from 10am until 4pm in the Learning Centre at Winchester Cathedral.

At 5pm there will be a free concert in the Prior's Hall to hear Ian, Mike and all the participants from the day perform.

Book now at: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk or 01962 857275.