Rebecca Allen and Friends: Bassoon & Flute Duets – July 14th


Tait Tuesdays at Home 

Tuesday 14th July – 9pm AEST | 8pm NZST | 7pm BST

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Rebecca Allen and Friends



Bassoon & Flute Duets

Rebecca Allen, Bassoon
james fisher, bassoon
Georg Philipp Telemann – Bassoon Sonata in F minor (accompanied by bassoon as duet)
Ross Edwards – Water Spirit Song (for solo Bassoon)
Gioachino Rossini – The Barber of Seville:
From six Arias for 2 bassoons  (Cavatina (Largo al Factotum) and Terzetto)
Hector Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon (Carys Gittins on flute)
Artist biographies
Rebecca Allen
Sydney-born Bassoonist, Rebecca Allen, completed her master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 as the David and Margaret Phillips Awardee. She was correspondingly supported by the University of Sydney with the Boulton Groom Postgraduate Scholarship, representing female graduates who received their secondary education at an institution within the Australian public educational system.
Between 2011-2017, Rebecca studied under Andrew Barnes at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was also taught by Matthew Wilke and Noriko Shimada (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and both Douglas Eyre and Matthew Ockenden (Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra). In Australia, Rebecca has performed as a freelance Bassoonist/Contra-Bassoonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Omega Ensemble, and The Metropolitan Orchestra. Through this, she has worked both on stage as an Orchestral and chamber musician with musicians such as Andrew Haveron and Paul Meyer, as well as in Sydney’s Trackdown studios for the recording of Nigel Westlake’s film score for “Ali’s Wedding”. Whilst in London, Rebecca studied under renowned musicians Daniel Jemison, Dominic Morgan, Miriam Gussek and Peter Whelan within the Orchestral Artistry program, in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. Rebecca has taken part in many Guildhall Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Barbican as Principal Bassoon, side-by-side orchestral sessions with LSO players, and sit-ins in LSO rehearsals. This has given Rebecca the opportunity to learn under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Francois-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Mark Elder and Marin Alsop. Since studying, Rebecca was awarded the position as an extra player for the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. She is working as a freelance Bassoonist and Contra-Bassoonist throughout the UK. Further, Rebecca began music teaching in September 2019 to students across London. Previously, she enjoyed teaching Bassoon and Flute at multiple schools in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Rebecca was particularly dedicated to teaching the Fagottino (a mini Bassoon) to younger students, introducing the bassoon to multiple schools, and hopes to pursue this further alongside her orchestral career in the future.
  James Fisher
James Fisher is a versatile and well-travelled Australian bassoonist who is a John Nickson & Simon Rew Scholar supported by the John Llewellyn Edwards Award and the Henry Wood Trust. He has performed at many international concert venues including the Sydney Opera House, Barbican Hall and the Schonbrunn Palace. At the age of 16 James was awarded best intermediate soloist at the Australian Double Reed Society. James graduated from the Syd- ney Conservatorium of Music under the tuition of Andrew Barnes in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. While completing his degree he was selected to attend the inaugur- al Estivo Summer School in Verona, Italy where he undertook two weeks of intensive mas- terclasses focussing on refining his skills as a chamber and orchestral musician. James has been fortunate enough to participate in numerous masterclasses and training schemes with bassoonists from some of the worlds elite symphony orchestras, such as Gustavo Nunez, Ole Kristian Dahl and Giorgio Mandolesi. In recent years he has played with many UK and international orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra(Denmark) and as Guest Principal Bassoon with the BBC Sym- phony Orchestra. In 2018 James graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master of Performance under the tuition of Joost Bosdijk and Julie Price. As well as the incredible tuition he re- ceived James most recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing Principal Bassoon under the baton of Mr Bernard Haitink. In 2017 James was fortunate enough to tour with the RCM Baroque Orchestra to Paris to perform the Rameau Opera Les fêtes d’Hébé with the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. As a result of his skill, versatility and enthusiasm James is a highly sought after young bas- soonist, this has led to him being asked to perform with numerous international recording artists including Josh Groban, John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John. As well as symphon- ic, chamber and contemporary music he also appeared as an extra in the Baz Luhrmann film “The Great Gatsby” in the role of an orchestral bassoonist. James has a passion for music education. He has filled many teaching roles such as class- room music teaching, private instrumental teaching and concert band directing both in the UK and Australia and is looking forward to more intensive teaching and performing as a member of the Southbank Sinfonia for 2020, holding the Sir Charles Mackerras Chair, with additional support from the Tait Memorial Trust.


Carys Gittins

Carys Gittins is a Flautist from Mid-Wales currently based in London. She has graduated with a Master’s degree in Orchestral Artistry from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Philippa Davies and Christopher Green. During her undergraduate years at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Carys won the Ken Smith Flute Prize 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was the winner of the Instrumental Blue Ribband at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff which awarded her a scholarship from the Peggy and Maldwyn Hughes Fund. She had her BBC Radio 3 debut last year, playing ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’ for Alto Flute and Piano. Carys was a member of the London Sinfonietta Academy 2018 and the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra 2019. Carys often plays with harpist, Alis Huws, also from Mid-Wales. Together, they are the winners of the McGrenery Chamber Prize and have played at many venues including Lancaster House for the First Minister of Wales, Cardiff Castle, Llandeilo Festival of Music, the Royal Opening of the Fifth Assembly and An Evening with Lesley Garret. They are passionate about enhancing the lives of people suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and often play for charities in specialist care homes in Wales and England.