Flute Kitchen Faculty

Full lineup for 2018 TBC

Clare Jefferis

Clare Jefferis is a busy professional flautist whose work ranges from complex classical repertoire in concert halls and opera houses around the world, to playing for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace and serenading the models on the red carpet for Vogue. She appeared with the BBC Concert Orchestra alongside Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Kylie Minogue in the BBC Music version of the Beach Boys 'God Only Knows' which went viral in 2014.

Training: Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music BMus (Hons) PGdip.

Supported by: Solti Foundation, AHRC, Musician's Benevolent Fund and John Lewis plc.

Orchestral freelancer: English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Opera North.

Theatre: 'Les Miserables' (deputy 2016-present), 'Wicked' tour (deputy 2013-2016), 'South Pacific' tour (deputy 2013), 'Oliver!' tour (2011-2013), 'The Secret Garden' (2009-2011).

Teaching: Professor of flute at Junior department of Trinity Laban, Wycombe Abbey and Prospect House School. Deputy teacher at Junior department of Royal College of Music.

Masterclasses / coaching: Trinity Laban, Hong Kong Flute Academy (working alongside Paul Edmund-Davies), ENO Baylis (GCSE and A level performance classes), Harrogate Flute Kitchen, Flutewise. Coaching includes: National Schools Symphony Orchestra, Junior RCM Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia.

Outreach: Live Music Now artist (2004-2009), Music in Hospitals artist, Superact artist, ENO 'Opera Squad', Junior Trinity (various outreach projects). Classical children's concerts with: BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Opera North.

Thomas Hancox

Thomas Hancox works regularly as guest principal flute with the UK's leading orchestras,including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra,Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Solo and chamber work has led to collaborations with artists and ensembles including the Allegri and Sacconi string quartets, Trevor Pinnock, Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, and Matthew Barley, with recitals in the Cheltenham, Spitalfields, St Davids, Canterbury, and Oxford Chamber Music festivals.

Dedicated to bringing music to all, Thomas is Chief Executive of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, a charity that introduces and makes available chamber music to young people. With his harpist duo partner, Rachel Wick, he is also an artist for Live Music Now,a charity that brings the joy and power of live music to those who otherwise would not be able to access it.

He currently teaches privately in London, having previously taught at King's College London and the Dragon School, Oxford. Additionally he is a tutor on the ever-popular Flute Kitchen summer course in Harrogate.

Thomas read music at St Peter's College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a first, before pursuing further studies in Paris with Patrick Gallois, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles, finishing with a distinction and the honorary DipRAM. He was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Craxton Memorial Trust.


Christine Lorriman is a well respected flautist and teacher in the Lancashire/Yorkshire area. In 1975 she was awarded a County Scholarship to study with Patricia Morris and Atarah Ben-Tovim. She continued her studies at Huddersfield School of Music with Alan Lockwood (BBC Philharmonic) and on completion of her degree she was awarded a distinction and the Turner Prize for Orchestral Playing. She is currently principal flute with both the Haffner Orchestra and the Promenade Concert Orchestra.

Christine has been a tutor to the Lancashire County Youth Ensembles for many years and is now the Orchestral Manager for the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001 Christine has been a tutor on the annual international "Flute Kitchen" summer course in Harrogate.

John Alley

Until very recently John Alley was Principal Keyboard Player of the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has played just about everywhere. Indeed, he recently returned from a very successful trip to the west coast of the USA with Michael Tilson Thomas.

He has performed in countless Proms and has worked with many of the twentieth century's major composer/conductors, including Boulez, Berio, Benjamin, Henze, Lutoswaski, Oliver Knussen, and Thomas Ades.

A 'minor' sensation occurred in the performance of Shostakovich's 'Suite for the Hypothetically Murdered' when he drank a pint of beer in the middle of a cadenza!

He has recorded extensively for television, radio, and disc and played on the soundtracks films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Braveheart, Little Women and (the new) Jane Eyre. He has contributed to over thirty volumes of music including Rabboni flute sonatas and the Arban trumpet studies, for which he wrote the accompaniments.