Concert to star gifted flautist

BUXTON Musical Society has secured an appearance by gifted flautist Luke O’Toole, who recently competed in the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Luke will play the Mozart Flute Concerto No 1 in G during a concert at St John’s Church, Buxton, on Sunday June 17, at 7.30pm.

The programme will open with the Mozart ‘Haffner’ Symphony and conclude with Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No 7. The concert will be conducted by Michael Williams.

Luke began playing the flute at the age of eight and became a member of the Junior Royal Northern College of Music at the age of 11.

In 2007, he began his studies at Chetham’s School of Music and in 2008, he played for the Queen as part of a flute and harp duo at the opening of the new law courts in Manchester.

He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for four years, where he is currently principal flute.

Later in the year, Luke will continue his studies in London, having been offered a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music.

Tickets for the June 17 concert, priced £12 (£10.50 concessions), are available from Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190, or on the door.