• Lunchtime Summer Recitals in association with NI Opera and RIAM

  • Wed, 14-08-2019 at 13:15
  • First Church Belfast
    41 Rosemary Street
    BT1 1QB Belfast
Lunchtime Summer Recitals in association with NI Opera and RIAM - First Church Belfast - Belfast

Jake Houston (Flute), Ross Houston (Flute) and Gail Evans (Piano)DuetIan Clark MayaJake HoustonChopin Nocturne No. 21 in C MinorBorne Carmen FantasyDuetDoppler Andante and RondoRoss HoustonIan Clark Deep BlueFaure FantasieDuetsMozart Rondo Alla TurcaDinicu Hora StaccatoJake HoustonJake Houston is 16 years old, a former pupil of Fourtowns Primary School and a current pupil at Cambridge House Grammar. He has been playing the flute since the age of 6 tutored by his father Glen Houston, Professor Bill Dowdall at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and now with Manchester Flute Professional Stephen Clark. In 2014 Jake was crowned Northern Ireland Primary School Young Musician of the Year and was also offered one of only 6 flute vacancies for The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain a position held for three consecutive years. A very successful 2014 ended with Jake being awarded third place in The Azumi European Flute Talent Competition which was adjudicated by Gareth Davies Flute Principal with The London Symphony Orchestra. Jake was the only UK flute student to feature in the top three places. Jake regular attends flute classes with Sir James Galway and many leading flute ambassadors. Over recent years Jake has successfully performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, The Ulster Youth Orchestra and currently The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Jake has just returned from his Summer tour with this Orchestra which has seen him perform at the BBC Proms in the Albert Hall and a tour finishing performance at the Berlin Konzerthaus.Ross Houston Ross Houston is 18 years old, a former pupil of Fourtowns Primary school, Cullybackey College and Ballymena Academy. He has been playing the flute since the age of six tutored by his father Glen Houston, Manchester Flute Professional Stephen Clark, Colin Fleming and Professor Bill Dowdall to name a few. At the ripe age of twelve years old Ross was awarded his Associateship with Trinity College London (ATCL) gaining a distinction. One of the youngest performers in Ireland to have achieved this and since then he has completed his LTCL with distinction. Ross has held the role of principal flute with The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, The Ulster Youth Orchestra and also The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Ross is a former Northern Ireland Young Musician of The Year and also has just completed a year on the newly formed mentoring Scheme with The Ulster Orchestra. He has just returned from The James Galway Flute Festival in Weggis Switzerland and is now preparing to start his studies under a full scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music London.Gail EvansHaving studied piano under both Elizabeth Bicker and Stephanie Hughes, and organ with Desmond Hunter, Gail Evans completed her bachelor's degree in Music at the University of Ulster. Following a teaching career which led to the post of Head of Music in Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt, Gail is now an active accompanist and répétiteur throughout Northern Ireland and further afield.Gail is in her ninth year as accompanist for the various choirs that make up Belfast Philharmonic Society: the Phil Kids, Phil Youth and Chamber Choirs and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. As accompanist, Gail has played for (in addition to the current Chorus Master, Stephen Doughty) conductors such as Rafael Payare, Jac van Steen, Christopher Bell, Stephen Layton and Lawrence Cummings. In addition, she is accompanist for the Ulster University Choir (performing with them a few months ago in Carnegie Hall, New York) and also enjoys working with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Ulster Youth Junior Choir, Queen’s University Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra and Northern Ireland Opera. She performs regularly in masterclasses and workshops and has had the privilege of working with some internationally renowned musicians such as Sir James Galway, Mary King, Iain Burnside, Paul Farrington and Jonathan Lemalu.