Musician Sarah Bennett knew from an early age exactly what she wanted to do with her life – well almost. At three years old she dreamed of being a concert pianist but a few years later it was the flute with which she would find her way into an orchestra.
“I was very young when saw my first piano concert and I loved the way the pianist turned the pages of the music. I was fascinated and wanted to do the same,” explains the now 25-year-old.
She started piano lessons at four and progressed to grade eight revealing a talent and tenacity that led to her becoming a young pupil at the exclusive Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
The specialist school is the largest of its kind in the UK and nurtures pupils from all over the world giving them a head start in the music world.
“It may seem strange that at such a young age I went away to a specialist school but I really, really wanted to go and do it. It was a wonderful school and I received a terrific education. There were only ten people in the whole of my year.
“I was able to try out quite a few different instruments and eventually I fell in love with the flute. I loved the way it sounded and the variety of sounds it offered,” she explained.
After leaving Chetham’s Sarah went on to graduate with first-class honours from the Royal Northern College of Music and then recently completed post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she was rewarded with a distinction and the prestigious DipRAM.
The young musician now has the world at her feet and has set her sights on being Principal Flute in an orchestra. She is currently on trial with the Northern Ballet for such a position and with the Hallé Orchestra as Sub-Principal Flute. The list of other orchestras she has freelanced with includes the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic and Scottish Opera.
“I find it all really exciting and at the moment I just want to have a diary full with of lots of different things. I get to see the world and perform with some amazing people – but I also love performing chamber music with friends.
It is one of those sessions which will see the talented young musician in Derbyshire on February 25 when she performs for Music at Duffield alongside pianist Daniel King-Smith.
They will be performing Vivaldi – La Notte; Bach – Sonata in E minor; Takemitsu – Voice; Undine – Sonata; Debussy – Syrinx; Hamilton Harty – In Ireland; Schubert – Trockne Blumen and Hue – Fantasie.
For ticket details go to http://www.musicatduffield.com
Picture by Megan Goodwin Photography