RECORDER LAUNCHED CAREER
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.
Hayley Rowntree at St George’s Cathedral.