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William Bennett (WIBB) has elevated the profile of the flute by improving its pitch, by developing the use of different tone colours, and by endeavouring to make it as musically articulate and dignified as the string instruments or the voice.
William Bennett's career developed as an international soloist and major recording artist and has received international acclaim and enthusiastic reviews in record and CD journals. He has made a large number of Recordings with other famous artists. Professorships at the Music Hochshule Freiburg and the Royal Academy of Music London and Masterclasses throughout the world have established William Bennett as one of the foremost teachers of the age. Continuing and developing the imaginative teaching of Marcel Moyse and Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett brings his own articulate and cogent reasoning together with his consummate artistry and musical integrity to the Master class situation.
 In 1995 H.M.The Queen presented William Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire(OBE) for his distinguished service to Music. In 2002 he was awarded the National Flute Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award" and in 2003 he was appointed the British Flute Society's "Flautist Laureate".  In 2004 he was awarded the title of " Flute of Gold" from the Italian "Falaut" Flute society. In 2009 he was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award by Chicago Flute Club.


Lorna McGhee was born in Scottland. She was formerly co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until immigrating to Canada in 1998. In July 2004 she performed Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA) under the baton of Krystos Penderecki himself.
She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, Lorna has released two CDs on Skylark Music: "Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp" and "Canada, New Works for flute and harp." Both discs reflect the Krutzen/McGhee Duo's commitment to expanding the repertoire, with four of the Duo's own commissions amongst the diverse repertoire presented. As a member of Trio Verlaine ( with Heidi Krutzen, harp and David Harding, viola) Lorna has most recently recorded "Fin de Sie?cle," a CD of music by Debussy and Ravel for Skylark Music.
Lorna is regularly featured in chamber music festivals in Canada and the States, including the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Sitka Summer Music Festival. As a teacher, she has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan. She has given master classes at major universities, conservatoires and flute festivals in the UK, USA and Canada. She has performed for the National Flute Convention, British Flute Convention and Austrian Flute Society. Lorna has been a resident artist/teacher at the Banff International Centre for the Arts on several occasions. Lorna studied with David Nicholson at the RSAMD and with William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Excellence. Principal Flutist of Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra. 


Yaoyao Lu is currently studying for her MA at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor William Bennett and Clare Southworth and Piccolo with Patricia Morris from 2015.
Born in China, she completed her BMus at the Central Concervatory of Music in Beijing under professor Yongxin Wang in 2011. The same year she was admitted to the Concservatoire at Rayonnement Regional de Paris to study for the soloist diploma with Vincent Lucas and chamber music under Pascal Le Corre, and in 2014 she graduated with first prize by unanimous vote of the adjudicators. She then changed concervatory to study with Philippe Lesgourgues at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris, obtaining her second Soloist Diploma in 2016.
Through out her studies in China, France and UK she won prestigious prizes, such as first prize of Concerto Competition which was accompanied by China Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Hong Kong young Artist Competition.
She is an active Solo and Orchestral performer, and was co principal flutist of China Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since she began her studies in London, she has played in many prestigious venues with RAM Symphony Orchestra.


Michelle Choi is a current student in the Royal Academy of Music's PG program under the instruction of William Bennett, Karen Jones and Pat Morris. A native of Seoul, she was admitted to Seoul Arts High School which is the most prestigious music school in South Korea. She made her debut with New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005, while she was in Korea. She went to a bilingual high school, EaB International The Victor Hugo School in Paris, as she had private lessons with Vincent Lucas, the professor of Paris conservatoire. She has also studied with Kathryn Lukas at Indiana University for two years and was a recipient of multiple scholarships and awards given in the Jacobs School of Music including Premier Young Artist Award, Merit scholarship, and Gignilliat Music Scholarship Fund. She obtained her Bachelor degree from Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Kate Hill, William Bennett, Helen Keen and Sophie Johnson. She was recently awarded Bache Fund Prize, very highly commended at the Academy's J&J Brough Flute Prize, and highly commended at the Springboard Festival Concerto Competition in Brighton. Other prizes include Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and Flute concerto competition of the Jacobs School of Music. Travelling to lots of countries, she has performed in many concerts and recitals in various countries such as Korea, France, Japan and USA.


Thomas Sargeaunt is a London based flautist currently completing an MA at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated in 2013 with first class honours in music from Goldsmiths, University of London where he studied flute under Sarah O'Flynn. Whilst there, he was principal flute of Goldsmiths Sinfonia and the Chamber Orchestra. He was awarded a scholarship from Altus Flutes to study with Clare Southworth and Ian Clarke in the summer of 2012 and won the University Concerto Competition in 2012 playing Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in G Major. In 2013, he was awarded a Jellinek Award by Guildford Symphony Orchestra which led to a performance of Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in C minor. He made his Purcell Room début in 2013 with a recital of contemporary music for solo flute including Berio's Sequenza and Canzona di Ringraziamento by Salvatore Sciarrino. At the Royal Academy of Music, he is studying with William Bennett and Clare Southworth and has piccolo lessons with Patricia Morris. He regularly performs with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Manson Ensemble as well as various professional London ensembles. Alongside his studies Thomas also has a keen interest in flute making and repair.


Steven Isserlis - As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, recent engagements including performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Philharmonia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Zurich Tonhalle and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centres, working with pianists such as Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Andras Schiff, Connie Shih, Ferenc Rados and Dénes Várjon; and plays with many of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, including period-instrument ensembles. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello, in classical programmes. Highlights of the 15/16 season include a survey of the complete Bach Cello Suites at the Wigmore Hall and elsewhere; recital programmes with Ian Bostridge, Stephen Hough, Robert Levin and Richard Egarr; a special recital with Sir Andras Schiff at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn performed on fortepiano and Beethoven’s own cello (which was last played in public more than 50 years ago); his appointment as Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; a major European tour with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Joshua Bell; and the world premiere of the orchestral version of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés in Lucerne, with the composer himself conducting.

lee South Korean Piano accompanist Seungwon Lee is a versatile musician whose work takes in songrepertoireand chamber music with flutists on her passion.Before she moved to London, she started her studies music at the prep-school of Korea National University of Arts, Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School playing solo piano performance and achieved her undergraduate music education at the Konkuk University studying with Professor Min-Jung Lee.
She has completed her master on Distinction and Professional Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has studied withAndrew West, James Baillieu and Michael Dussek. During her studies in the UK, she generously supportedscholarship for her diploma programme and won the first prize in Scott Huxley piano accompanying competition, as well as prizes in many international competitions including the Friedrich Kuhlau Competition in Flute and Piano Duo section.
After graduated, she is devoting her time to continue sharing musical ideas with singers and flutists. She was invited to perform at the Oxford Lieder master course in 2015 and the Jackdaws Opera plus project in Somerset. Her recent performance with Soprano Gemma Lois Summerfield and Mezzo Kamilla Dustan at the Royal College of Music has been introduced by Classic FM in the UK. Recently, she performed with the Flutist Amy Yule at the Wigmore Hall as a showcase opportunity by winning at the Patrons' Award Winners' Recital from the Royal Academy of Music.

Joseph Havlat was born in Hobart, Australia in 1994 where he began his piano studies at age five.  Successful in competitions around the Perth metropolitan area, as well as interstate, Joseph graduated from high school with a Subject Exhibition in Music for the highest mark in the state. Upon applying successfully to the Royal Academy of Music later that year, he began studying under Professor Joanna MacGregor for piano, and Patrick Nunn for composition, and also became an AMF Young Musician. Having graduated from his undergraduate course in 2016 with the Edwin Samuel Dove prize for special merit during studentship, he began his MMus study the following September. Joseph has performed around the UK and in Europe, America and Australia as a soloist, and as part of chamber groups and orchestras, most notably in Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, West Road Concert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place and Perth Concert Hall, as well as at Aldeburgh and Dartington music festivals and in many Academy produced concerts and events. He is a keen sock enthusiast and chamber musician, performing frequently with the Tritium Clarinet Trio, contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y (a founding member of both groups) and Trio Derazey, and also an avid composer, having written for the aforementioned ensembles, among other


michie16 Michie Bennett born in Japan, is the Manager, Director and assistant of the Summer School for 32 years. As a child, learnt the piano, and flute from 14 with Liliko Hayashi and Masaharu Ishibashi, and then studied at the Tokyo University of Arts with Masao Yoshida and Masaru Kawasaki. She also studied with Andre Jaunet in Switzerland through whom she met Marcel Moyse and had lessons with him in Boswil and Brattleboro whilst attending Marlborough Music Festival.
Later she heard a recording of William Bennett playing Bach's g-minor Concerto, and was prompted to come to London to study with him, and is still hanging in there!
She decided to start a record company of Bennett Productions, shortened to BEEP which became "Le Beep Sonore!", specializing in Flute music. She has taught in the Royal Academy of Music for 12 years (HonARAM), and in Bennett Summer Schools and Masterclasses in many countries.
She is passionate about the flute being played expressively and with good pitch, and is an untiring enthusiast for all things which uphold the standard of the flute.