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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. 

Korean flautist Ji Young Kim is currently in her fourth year of her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with William Bennett and Kate Hill. She previously studied at Sunhwa Arts School, known as one of the most distinguished music schools in South Korea.
As a soloist, she has won top prizes in several competitions including 1st Prize in the All Flutes Plus Royal Academy of Music Flute Competition, the Korea Flute Association Competition and the Seoul Flute Competition. As a chamber musician, her flute trio ‘Image Trio’ were awarded “Very Highly Commended” in the Nicholas Blake Woodwind Ensemble Prize and had the opportunity to perform at Southwark Cathedral for their Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series. They have also participated in the semi-final at the International Kuhalu Flute Competition. Her wind quintet has won numerous prizes including 1st prize in the International Music Arts Association Music Competition. She also had the opportunity to perform at Wigmore Hall for the ‘For Crying Out Loud!’ concert series. Ji Young has regularly played with the Seocho Youth Orchestra, and with this orchestra she made her concerto debut in 2013, playing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No.2, K. 314 in Seoul, South Korea.
AlyseSmall Alyse is in her final year of a Master of Arts in Performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, under renowned flute teachers William Bennett, Michael Cox and Patricia Morris (piccolo). Her studies at the Academy are generously supported by the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation. In 2017, Alyse graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours), specialising in flute performance, having studied with Mardi McSullea and Margaret Crawford (flute) and Andrew MacLeod (piccolo) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM). Alyse performed in the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra of the MCM in 2014-18 and played principal flute with the orchestra on multiple occasions. In 2017, Alyse performed internationally as principal flute on tour in China with the orchestra of the Australian International Opera Company.Whilst in Melbourne, Alyse was the winner of multiple awards including the prestigious Leslie Barklamb Flute Competition in 2018, as well as the winner of the Most Promising Wind or Brass Award in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in 2017 and the winner of ‘The Talent’ 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne Audience Vote Performer of the Season award in 2016.
vytenis3 Lithunian-born flutist Vytenis Gurstis is the prize winner of many national and international flute competitions, namely the European Competition for flute (Thessaloniki, Greece; 2007) and BFS Young Artist Competition (London, 2012). In 2004-2009 he was the recipient of a scholarship from M. Rostropovich’s fund „Support to Lithuanian Children“. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with prof. William Bennett and holds two Master's degrees for his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany - solo flute with prof. Robert Winn and contemporary chamber music with prof. David Smeyers. Vytenis is a passionate chamber music and orchestral player and has played with many orchestras and ensembles. He is currently a PhD student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, member of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre orchestra and teacher at the Balys Dvarionas music school.

Thomas Sargeaunt is a London based flautist completed 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 has studied with William Bennett and Clare Southworth and had 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.

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.
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.