Young Artists’ Platform: Royal Academy of Music

Young Artists’ Platform: Royal Academy of Music

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
04 Nov 2021
  • Music
In the surroundings of our Picture Gallery, hear a lunchtime concert from a woodwind trio.

13:00 | Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy the sounds of a woodwind trio from the talented students of the Royal Academy of Music. Ellie Blamires on flute, Leo Kerr on clarinet and Drake Gritton on oboe. They will perform a programme on the theme of play. With the burst of amateur music making in Georgian London, aspiring flautists often came together to the tune of Georg Phllipp Telemann’s music, his canonic sonatas having each musician play chase in turn. Sparks fly between instruments in Thea Musgrave’s Impromptus, lively melodies bounce in Malcolm Arnold’s classic Divertimento, and Judith Weir’s Mountain Airs paint a picture of a wild homeland shrouded in folklore, while Nielsen’s The Children are Playing provides an ode to childhood innocence.

Drake Gritton is a fourth year undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Melanie Ragge, Chris Cowie, Celia Nicklin and Jane Marshall. During his time a the Academy, Drake has played in the Academy’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, working alongside conductors such as Trevor Pinnock and Ed Gardner, as well as performing with players from the Czech Philharmonia Orchestra as part of the Academy’s side-by-side project.

Leo Kerr is currently a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies with Benjamin Mellefont, Timothy Lines and Christopher Richards. He also studies Bass Clarinet with Laurent Ben Slimane and E-flat Clarinet with Chi-Yu Mo.

Ellie Blamires read Music as an Academic and Instrumental Scholar at New College, Oxford, before undertaking a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed an MA with distinction under the tutelage of Michael Cox, Karen Jones and Samuel Coles, and Patricia Morris on the piccolo. During her studies, Ellie was the Principal flautist of the Academy’s flagship Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, working with musicians including Sir Trevor Pinnock, Sir Mark Elder and Lorenza Borrani.


Thea Musgrave: Impromptu

Judith Weir: Mountain Airs

Nielsen: The Children are Playing

Malcolm Arnold: Divertimento

Telemann canonic sonata

Thea Musgrave: Impromptu no. 2