Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 3pm
Flautist Sarah Bennett was originally to play for us on this date, but has had to withdraw for an excellent reason: she has been given a full-time post with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. We wish her every success in her evidently burgeoning career.
Happily, the equally talented Daniel Shao has been able to take her place. He and his accompanist Daniel King Smith appear in Stansted as part of the Recital Sheme of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, to whom we are as ever very grateful for their support.
Daniel Shao (flute) and Daniel King Smith (piano)
Bach: Sonata in E flat major
Tchaikovsky: Lensky's aria from Eugene Onegin
Rachmaninov: Prelude in B minor (piano solo)
Borne: Carmen Fantasy
Hamilton Harty: In Ireland
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Chopin: Fantaise-Impromptu in C# minor (piano solo)
Poulenc: Flute Sonata
Daniel Shao was born in 1995, and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London under professor
Samuel Coles, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Before this, Daniel read for BA in music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated with first class honours. He previously attended the Purcell School, and has participated
in many masterclasses to flautists such as Denis Bouriakov, Rachel Brown, Michael Cox, Sophie Cherrier, Gareth Davies, and Kersten McCall.
Daniel often plays as an orchestral flautist including as principal flute with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Janus Ensemble and Oxford University Orchestra, and was co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the London Schools Symphony. He was selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Academy 2015, and this year has successful auditioned for the Music Academy of the West and Lucerne Festival Academy.
Daniel has won prizes in several competitions including 1st prizes at the British Flute Society Competition Class
B, International Award 'Carl Reinecke' in Italy (Junior Category) and 2nd prizes in the Bromsgrove and Ernest Bloch International Competitions. He was a wind finalist of BBC Young Musician 2014 and was the joint winner of the Felsenstein Leavers Award at the
Purcell School. Additional prizes include Newbury Young Musician of the Year, Gregynog Young Wind Player of the year, and 1st prizes in the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton 'Springboard' concerto competitions. Since joining the RAM, he was highly commended
in the annual flute prize, and very highly commended in the piccolo prize.
Daniel has played concertos with orchestras including the Oxford Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, and Kingston Chamber Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and broadcasted on BBC4.
Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Harold Craxton and Max Pirani prizes for Chamber Music and others for his all-round musical ability. His teachers were Piers Lane, Ruth Nye and Vanessa Latarche.