CHRIS HILL, FLUTE
AMY BUTLER, PIANO

Thursday 20 October 2022, 1pm, Howden Minster

Free admission with retiring donations

Chris Hill, aged 24, studied the flute with Simon Channing, Head of Woodwind at the Royal College of Music. Chris read Music at the University of Oxford, where he was also a choral and instrumental scholar. He has since completed his MA with Distinction and is now taking his PhD in Music.

 

Chris has performed at some of the most prestigous venues in the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, the House of Lords, the Adelphi Theatre, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham), St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, St James Piccadilly, All Hallows by the Tower (London), St Martin’s London, De Montefort Hall (Leicester) and the Pump Room (Bath).

Chris achieved DipABRSM on the flute at the age of 12. This was followed by a Licentiate Diploma and a Leverhulme Scholarship. At the age of 16 he was awarded a Fellowship Diploma for Flute and the Gold Arts Award. Chris was also Principal Flute and Piccolo in the National Youth Wind Orchestra. Chris has reached the category auditions for BBC Young Musician of the Year three times, the final of the Gregynog Young Musicians Competition, and the final of the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Competition (representing flute).

Chris has won numerous prizes including the Dalesman Young Musician, the CMVC Music Maker award, the Thelma King Award for Young Instrumentalists, Derby and Derbyshire’s most outstanding performer, Rainhill Young Musician, Derby Advanced Woodwind Player of the Year, the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Music, Leicester Student of the Year for Music, Boots Hero's Young Achiever award for music, the Rushcliffe Young People’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Music, and was a finalist in the British Education Awards representing music.

Chris has also composed several published works of music, including a piece for organ which was premiered at Oxford

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Watch Chris and Amy performing at Howden in 2020

Yorkshire-born pianist Amy Butler studied with British concert pianist Martin Roscoe and for four years at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, where she was also a choral scholar.

 

Amy has a particular passion for collaborating with other musicians. She is a staff pianist for the East Riding Music Hub and accompanist for Beverley Male Voice Choir and Snaith & District Choral Society. Amy regularly appears in concert with other musicians. In 2015 she formed a piano duo with pianist Peter Sproston, with appearances throughout the north of England in works including Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr. Ravel), Scheherezade (Rimsky-Korsakov), Mother Goose (Ravel) and Lebensstürme (Schubert). She has performed many times with tenor Steven Goulden in works including Dichterliebe (Schumann) and An die ferne Geliebte (Beethoven) and is a regular partner of flautist Chris Hill and also violinist Boglárka György, with whom she will perform in concert for North Westmorland Arts in spring 2022.

Amy has performed as a soloist and ensemble pianist across the UK for venues and music societies including Hull City Hall, Ferens Art Gallery, Christ Church Southport, Doncaster Arts & Museum Society, Beverley Minster, Southwell Minster, Wakefield and Ripon Cathedrals, Bourneville Concert Series, the Eric Coates Society and the Guild of Musicians and Singers at All Hallows by the Tower (London).

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