Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By TYLER BROWN

LEARN­ING to play the recorder at school was some­thing many stu­dents and par­ents had to en­dure.

But for Hay­ley Rown­tree, it was the start of her mu­sic ca­reer.

“My brother al­ready played the vi­o­lin and my par­ents wanted me to learn a dif­fer­ent in­stru­ment, so flute seemed like a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion,” she said.

She up­graded to the flute when she was 10 years old and by 14 she had launched her per­for­mance ca­reer, play­ing prin­ci­pal flute with the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Or­ches­tra of Great Bri­tain and per­form­ing as a con­certo soloist with the Glouces­ter Sym­phony Or­ches­tra at just 16.

After fin­ish­ing school, she at­tended the Edith Cowan Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic (now WAAPA) and has since earned her­self a rep­u­ta­tion as one of Perth’s finest and most re­spected flautists, play­ing with many of the city’s pre­mier clas­si­cal en­sem­bles, in­clud­ing the WA Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra.

She also teaches at schools and in her home stu­dio.

She is now pre­par­ing to join the Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra to bring the mu­sic of one of the world’s great­est com­posers to life in Bach by Can­dle­light.

The per­for­mance in the her­itage-listed St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral prom­ises clas­sics with a twist, fea­tur­ing a jazz sax­o­phon­ist and the cathe­dral’s West Or­gan.

Led by co-artis­tic di­rec­tors Jes­sica Gethin (con­duc­tor) and Paul Wright (con­cert­mas­ter), the evening will also fea­ture WA ac­tor James Hagan as Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach, giv­ing an in­sight into 18th cen­tury Ger­many and the world as Bach knew it.

Rown­tree will play in two pieces: Bran­den­burg Con­certo No. 4 and WF Bach Sin­fo­nia.

Bran­den­burg Con­certo No. 4 will fea­ture two solo flautists, with Emily Cle­ments join­ing Rown­tree on stage, as well as a solo vi­o­lin, string or­ches­tra and harp­si­chord.

Rown­tree said it was an hon­our to be per­form­ing one of the so­los.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d457374

Hay­ley Rown­tree at St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral.

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