Wibb A Flute For Life Book by Edward Blakeman

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Wibb A Flute For Life Book by Edward Blakeman

Wibb A Flute For Life Book by Edward Blakeman


This book delves into flautist, William Bennett’s remarkable flute career spanning over six decades, offering insights and reflections in his own words.

Edward Blakeman is Head of Music at BBC Radio 3. A former Chairman of the British Flute Society, he is editor of The Flute Player’s Companion (Chester Music) and numerous other music editions, and author of Taffanel-Genius of the Flute (Oxford University Press) and The Pocket Guide to Handel (Faber & Faber).’

William Bennett

William Ingham Brooke Bennett OBE (1936-2022) was a British flautist and teacher known for his significant contributions to the flute world. He played in various English orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist, making over 100 recordings throughout his career. Bennett premiered flute concertos by notable composers, including William Mathias, Diana Burrell, and Raimundo Pineda. He taught at esteemed institutions such as the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and the Royal Academy of Music, while also conducting masterclasses worldwide.

Bennett received guidance from prominent flautist Geoffrey Gilbert and pursued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His talent led him to secure principal flute positions in renowned orchestras, including the BBC Northern Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic) and chamber ensembles including the Melos Ensemble and Nash Ensemble.

Bennett was also dedicated to teaching and promoting the flute. He established his own school, the International Flute Summer School, and served as the president of the British Flute Society.

Throughout his career, Bennett was widely known by his initials, WIBB.



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