Bennett Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds-Solo Flute


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Bennett Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds-Solo Flute

Bennett Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds-Solo Flute


Composed by Richard Rodney Bennett, this solo flute work was first performed in 1981 by flautist, Susan Milan. The duration of the work is 8 minutes. Each movement is inspired by a different bird.


  • For the starling
  • For the woodlark
  • For the canary-bird
  • For the garden bull-finch
  • For the East India nightingale
  • For the starling

Richard Rodney Bennett

British composer, R. R. Bennett (1936-2012) wrote over two hundred works for the concert hall, an abundance of jazz songs and fifty scores for film and television amongst others.

Susan Milan-Flautist

Susan Milan is a highly esteemed flautist and respected figure in the world of classical music. She has performed and taught worldwide as an orchestral principal, recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, lecturer and teacher,

Susan Milan was a Junior Exhibitioner and Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with John Francis. As a postgraduate of the Guildhall School of Music, she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert, as well as attending the Marcel Moyse masterclasses in Switzerland.

Upon graduating from the RCM, Susan Milan’s exceptional abilities as a flautist propelled her to the coveted position of Principal Flute in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout her illustrious career, she has graced the stage as both Principal Flute and as a soloist with distinguished orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra amongst numerous other orchestras.

Driven by her passion for nurturing musical excellence, Susan Milan founded the highly acclaimed British Isles Music Festival.

Susan Milan is a Professor and Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London, Professor of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music, London and Director of the annual British Isles Music Festival.–Richard-Rodney-Bennett/

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