Flute Concerto

Huw Watkins (1976)

Flute Concerto 2013

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Duration 
20
Solist 
Genre 
Publisher 

Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto is his second work for Adam Walker, following Capriccio for flute and piano which the two premiered in 2010. Having been awarded funding for a commission by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Walker approached Watkins for a second collaboration.

The resulting Concerto, cast in three movements, is built around Walker’s playing. The composer notes especially Walker’s ‘amazing sound and control of his instrument’, which he constantly had in mind during the composition process. The particular challenges of writing for flute – its shrill high register and the fact that it is easily covered by an orchestra – are deftly handled with delicate orchestration and a pallet of orchestral colours which allow the flute’s sound to come through.

Performances 
23.2.14 Barbican Hall, London: Adam Walker/London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
14.5.14 Vale of Glamorgan Festival: Adam Walker/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Duncan Ward
13.2.15 National Concert Hall, Dublin: Adam Walker/RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Damian Iorio
18.3.16 Bangor: Adam Walker/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Thomas Søndergård
2
Flute
2nd piccolo
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2nd doubling bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd doubling contrabassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
1
Percussion
tubular bells, triangle, cymbal, bass drum, woodblock
1
Harp
1
Piano
celesta
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