I’m always so proud when I see my talented friends perform but none more so than this evening. 

John Flinders, your humanity always shines brightest when you play. I enjoy watching you as much as I enjoy hearing you because I can see the physicalisation of your inner feelings as you express every note, every phrase and as you shape a relationship between yourself and the orchestra. What a beautiful way to end the weekend. Thank you for sharing so much with so many. 
Blackheath Halls Orchestra perform a fairy tale ending to their intensive weekend project in this evening concert featuring Rachmaninov’s famous Piano Concerto with pianist John Flinders.

Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain*

Rimsky-Korsakov The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship; The Legend of The Kalendar Prince from Scheherazade

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor

John Flinders discovered his love of ensemble playing  whilst at school, and he was inspired to specialise in the art of accompaniment by his studies with Dorothea Law at the University of York, and Mary Peppin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Recently John has performed the solo part in Constant Lambert’sThe Rio Grande,and   Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos K.365 with duo partner Rebecca Holt. His CD of Peter Dickinson’s Five Forgeries for piano duet, which he recorded with the composer, was released in 2009.  He has a busy and wide-ranging musical career; he has appeared on BBC TV, Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has performed in Japan, Turkey, Croatia and South America.  He is particularly noted for his performances of the clarinet repertoire and has worked with many of Britain’s leading clarinettists, including Margaret Archibald, David Campbell, Roger Heaton, Colin Lawson, Antony Pay, Gervase de Peyer, Ian Scott, Victoria Soames Samek and Michael Whight.  In recital he has also partnered Piers Adams, John Anderson, William Bennett, Richard Edgar-Wilson, Juliet Edwards, Jill Gomez (in a Mozart concert aria conducted by Martyn Brabbins), Paul Goodey, Neil Jenkins, Melinda Maxwell, Ian Partridge, Laurence Perkins, and Adrian Thompson, and has accompanied monologues recited by the actress Patricia Hodge and mezzosoprano Linda Hirst.  His recording with the English Romantics Trio of works for clarinet, bassoon and piano by William Hurlstone and Charles Lloyd was acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine and the American Record Guide, and his CD of English clarinet music with Victoria Soames Samek was highly recommended by the Sunday Times and Gramophone.  Their latest CD on the Clarinet Classics label features rare French virtuoso works for clarinet and piano, most of which are première recordings. In 2006 John made his conducting début, in a performance of Purcell’sDido and Aeneas; plans for 2011-12 include recitals at Aberystwyth Musicfest and Dartington International Summer School, and a performance with Rebecca Holt of Saint-Saëns’Carnival of the Animalsin the Music Room of the Brighton Pavilion.



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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