Flute Kitchen Faculty

Faculty for the 2020 course will be announced shortly, below are the tutors from the course in 2019

Thomas Hancox

Thomas Hancox works regularly as guest principal flute with the UK's leading orchestras,including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra,Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Solo and chamber work has led to collaborations with artists and ensembles including the Allegri and Sacconi string quartets, Trevor Pinnock, Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, and Matthew Barley, with recitals in the Cheltenham, Spitalfields, St Davids, Canterbury, and Oxford Chamber Music festivals.

Dedicated to bringing music to all, Thomas is Chief Executive of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, a charity that introduces and makes available chamber music to young people. With his harpist duo partner, Rachel Wick, he is also an artist for Live Music Now,a charity that brings the joy and power of live music to those who otherwise would not be able to access it.

He currently teaches privately in London, having previously taught at King's College London and the Dragon School, Oxford. Additionally he is a tutor on the ever-popular Flute Kitchen summer course in Harrogate.

Thomas read music at St Peter's College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a first, before pursuing further studies in Paris with Patrick Gallois, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles, finishing with a distinction and the honorary DipRAM. He was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Craxton Memorial Trust.

Clare Jefferis

Clare Jefferis enjoys a varied musical career as an orchestral, chamber and pit musician. She also teaches at Junior Trinity Laban and works throughout the UK leading masterclasses, workshops and coaching on orchestral and flute courses. She freelances with leading UK orchestras including: English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. She has held chairs on shows including Wicked (UK Tour 2018), Oliver! (UK Tour 2011-2013) and works as a deputy player at Les Miserables (London West End) A committed teacher, Clare has given masterclasses for: Trinity Laban, Hong Kong Flute Academy, ENO Baylis, Harrogate Flute Kitchen and Flutewise. Orchestral coaching includes: National Schools Symphony Orchestra, Junior RCM Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia. Originally from Oldham, Clare began learning the flute aged 10. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra before being awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study at at the Royal College of Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Jaime Martin. She was very generously supported by the Solti Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Musician’s Benevolent Fund and John Lewis plc.

Gareth McLearnon is an internationally renowned and multi-award-winning flutist, composer, arranger and educator who travels the globe every year leading a diverse, innovative, creative and exciting musical career. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 1999-2003 and is currently based in London where he lives with his wife and fellow flutist Abigail Burrows.

As a performer, Gareth is in demand as a soloist, recording artist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has given many hundreds of performances across four continents, and has led masterclasses and education events for thousands of flute players of all ages and abilities.

In June 2013 Gareth was appointed as a Flute Professor at the Yuri Bashmet International Music Academy in Samara, Russia. Since then, further engagements all over Russia have followed on from this academy position including numerous masterclasses, concert tours, and several soloist and concerto performances with the world-renowned Moscow Soloists conducted by Maestro Yuri Bashmet himself.

Gareth has been Principal Flute of the critically acclaimed Heritage Orchestra since 2009 - playing concerts all over the UK, Europe & The Middle East including concerts and tours with Tim Minchin; Antony & The Johnsons; Sparks; Jane Birkin; Ben Folds; Goldie; Tim Exile; Ibiza Classics; BBC Proms performances with Jamie Cullum in 2010, Pete Tong in 2015 and the Scott Walker Prom in 2017. His other freelance orchestral work includes concerts and recording sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, English Session Orchestra and Orchestra of St John’s.

Frequently in the Recording Studio - Gareth has recorded both as a soloist, chamber musician and in orchestra in Abbey Road, Air Studios, Angel, Eastcote, Kore, Fish Market and Retreat Studios for many TV, Motion Picture & Computer Game soundtracks, as well as for General Release Albums and Library Music including as a guest artist with the world renowned a cappella ensemble Voces8 for their 2019 DECCA Classics Album “Enchanted Isle”.

As a composer - his numerous works for flute ensemble have been performed all around the world including in such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, The Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His arrangements for flute and piano were first published by Theodore Presser in his 2008 collection of Irish Melodies “Round Ireland with a Flute” - and he has also been published by Trinity Guildhall Examinations in their “Musical Moments” series of graded repertoire for flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Gareth has worked with the Concordia Foundation since 2003. He has been an International Artist Ambassador with Concordia since 2008, performing concerts, including solo concertos, and giving masterclasses all over the World, including tours to Shanghai, Monaco, Nairobi and Siena. Gareth has also given solo recital performances for Irish Heritage.

Gareth is extremely proud to be the European Artist-in-Residence for Wm. S. Haynes Co. and is a Haynes Artist - playing on a custom made solid 14K gold Haynes flute #54321. He is an endorsee for MicroCork - an innovative flute pick-up system, plays Irish Whistles handmade for him by William Simmons, a Haynes-Amadeus Alto Flute and custom made Eva Kingma bass and contrabass flutes.


Christine Lorriman is a well respected flautist and teacher in the Lancashire/Yorkshire area. In 1975 she was awarded a County Scholarship to study with Patricia Morris and Atarah Ben-Tovim. She continued her studies at Huddersfield School of Music with Alan Lockwood (BBC Philharmonic) and on completion of her degree she was awarded a distinction and the Turner Prize for Orchestral Playing. She is currently principal flute with both the Haffner Orchestra and the Promenade Concert Orchestra.

Christine has been a tutor to the Lancashire County Youth Ensembles for many years and is now the Orchestral Manager for the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001 Christine has been a tutor on the annual international "Flute Kitchen" summer course in Harrogate.


Dr Martyn Shaw is Joint Head of Woodwind at Chetham’s School of Music where he inspires some of the most talented young musicians of the future.  He is also a Principal Lecturer in Performance at Leeds College of Music, an Artistic & Quality Assessor for Arts Council England and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was subsequently awarded a double entrance scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed a combined Masters programme in both modern and historical performance practices. Martyn studied with Edward Beckett, Lisa Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown, Sam Coles, Michael Cox, Kate Hill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Stephen Preston, Averil Williams and Trevor Wye. He is a past recipient of the British Land Award, Jean Vincent Award (Dalcroze Society UK) and winner of Barber, Barton, Cunningham, Goldsborough, Jerwood and MBF scholarships.

Martyn has developed a multi-faceted career as an international performer, teacher and researcher. He works with a range of the country’s leading ensembles including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Touring Opera, London Handel Orchestra, Armonico Consort, English Scholars, Ex Cathedra and Welsh Baroque. Martyn has recorded his own edition of Hummel’s D major flute sonata using an original Thomas Prowse Junior flute (c.1839) and Collard & Collard piano (c.1848). His latest recording 'The Nicholsonian Effect' was released in 2016 on the Omnibus Classics label, featuring works from Nineteenth-Century England with the pianist Jonathan Gooing.

He is also a passionate educator, holding both a postgraduate certificate in education and Masters’ in Educational Leadership. In 2014 Martyn completed his doctoral research in early nineteenth-century flute performance practice and has since become established as a leading authority in nineteenth-century flute interpretation.  He has particular research interests in tone-colour, vibrato, extemporisation and the life and work of Charles Nicholson (1795-1837), England’s first concert flautist and the inspiration behind the modern flute.  Martyn has presented lecture recitals for the Performance Studies Network, Royal Musical Association and at the International Conference of Nineteenth Century Music. 

John Alley

Until very recently John Alley was Principal Keyboard Player of the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has played just about everywhere. Indeed, he recently returned from a very successful trip to the west coast of the USA with Michael Tilson Thomas.

He has performed in countless Proms and has worked with many of the twentieth century's major composer/conductors, including Boulez, Berio, Benjamin, Henze, Lutoswaski, Oliver Knussen, and Thomas Ades.

A 'minor' sensation occurred in the performance of Shostakovich's 'Suite for the Hypothetically Murdered' when he drank a pint of beer in the middle of a cadenza!

He has recorded extensively for television, radio, and disc and played on the soundtracks films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Braveheart, Little Women and (the new) Jane Eyre. He has contributed to over thirty volumes of music including Rabboni flute sonatas and the Arban trumpet studies, for which he wrote the accompaniments.