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The Entract Duo - Flute and Guitar Duo
This London flute and guitar duo have been playing together since 2008 and are a highly sought after act, performing recitals around the country as well as being in demand for weddings, parties and formal events. Last year they had the great honour of playing for Lord Snowdon's 80th birthday party and were invited to play at The Troubadour Club, a venue made famous in the '60s by musicians such as Jimi Hendrix. This year They performed a sell out recital with the Romanian Ambassador as special guest.
The Duo are also dedicated to helping raise money for local as well as international charities. This year alone they have helped raise over £20,000 so far.
In 2009 the Duo were proud to release their first CD together. MUSICIAN, the magazine of the Musicians' Union, chose them for their 'In Focus' section of the review pages. Comments included:"Their undoubted talents...springs into life with its optimism and freshness." "A beautiful interpretation...which perfectly illustrates their artistry and command. Superb."
The flautist has provided music for a variety of events in numerous venues around the world from garden parties to art galleries. She has been booked as a flute player for Lord Snowdon's 80th birthday celebrations, and for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation dinner in Guildhall, City of London. She has played flute for a diverse range of companies from Price Waterhouse Coopers to the dating agency Classical Connections. The music has been used as a main feature of the event and in the background providing a relaxed atmosphere.
Amongst others, she has played for:
- Princess Michael of Kent
- David and Victoria Beckham
- Lord Snowdon
- Tony & Cherie Blair
- Lord Sebastian Coe
- Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
- The Royal Geographic Society
She graduated from Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music since when she has combined her solo career with orchestral playing and a busy chamber music schedule. An international prizewinner, she has been asked to perform as a soloist across Europe, the Far East, Africa, Russia and South America as well as in the UK, where her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC TV and Sky TV.
Having spent a great deal of time in hospital recovering from a bone tumour, a highly valued side to her career is performing for the charity "Music In Hospitals" which brings specialised entertainment to the ill and elderly within the community.
The guitarist began her musical career aged 7 playing and singing in folk clubs and by the age of 11 was gigging regularly with her Junior School jazz combo "The Average Height Band". She went on to study guitar and violin as joint principal studies at the Royal Academy of Music, winning several prizes and awards along the way including the Julian Bream Prize, Queensland Conservatorium of Music Guitar Prize and semi-finalist in the Tarrega International Guitar Competition.
She has worked in a wide variety of musical genres, as writer, performer, conductor and presenter from classical music to jazz, rock and pop. Her composition and arranging work includes recent commissions from the BBC and the Royal Opera House. She is in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, performing with the legendary Lee Hazlewood on violin, guitar, vocals and percussion at the South Bank's 2004 Meltdown Festival and recently toured the UK and US with Alison Moyet as her backing vocalist, violinist and guitarist. She is a violinist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and can often be heard.
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