Friday 24 May 2013

Into the Blue and into the charts

Into the Blue, a disc of music for flute and piano which was composed and performed by flautist Ian Clarke (accompanied by pianist Tim Cary) entered the Classical Artist Chart on 19 May 2013 at number 8 and is at number 15 in the Combined Chart, possibly the first occasion in many years where a disc of flute music has entered the Classical Artist Charts, and certainly the first time a disc of original flute music has done so. Remarkably, this was done without the backing of a record label. At concerts, the audience is provided with the QR codes in the programme in order to immediately download the album to their smart-phones and tablets. Clarke studied with as a part-time student of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama whilst concurrently studying Mathematics at Imperial College, London. He is now professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Further information from

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