BFS Competitions 2013 Adjudicators

BFS School Performer Competition 2013
Adjudicators (Classes A and B)

Robert Manasse

Robert has been teaching the flute for almost as long as he has been studying it. His pupils have ranged in age from 6 to over 60, and in accomplishment from complete beginners to post-graduates. He has taught for the Royal Academy of Music, and given classes at Trinity College of Music and Trinity School Croydon, at Dartington International Summer School and at the Oxford International Flute Course. In addition to teaching at the Guildhall Junior Department, Robert teaches privately and at schools in Oxford and in Abingdon. His teaching is informed, influenced  and inspired by those from whom Robert has learned, including Michael Cox, Kate Hill, Sebastian Bell and William Bennett.

Robert has played with chamber orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with symphony orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and with opera orchestras including Welsh and English National Operas. Chamber music playing, recording and broadcasting have included work with Ensemble 360, Chroma, Jane's Minstrels, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Albion Ensemble. Robert is a member of the London Mozart Players, the New London Chamber Ensemble and Ellipsis.

 Anna Noakes


Anna Noakes has performed at the QEH, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician as well as at many of Britain’s most respected festivals, such as Cheltenham, Brighton, Leicester, Salisbury, City of London and Dartington. Her playing has inspired composers such as Simon Holt, Martin Yates, Cecilia McDowall,  Elgar Howath and Martin Butler to write for her.

Anna has recorded numerous CD’s for Dutton, ASV, Naxos etc, of both solo and chamber music, many of which have received Gramophone Magazine’s coveted ‘Critics Choice’ a number of times.

Anna broadcasts for BBC Radio3 and Classic FM and works as Guest Principal Flute with the LPO, Philharmonia, RPO, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and ENO’s together with ECO, Northern Sinfonia, CLS, Locrian Ens and Britten Sinfonia.

She is also in demand to record the music for film and TV, scores include: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,  James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Stardust, Hugo, Arthur, Chicken Run, Golden Compass, Black Swan, Narnia series, Harry Potter, Shrek, Da Vinci Code, Bridget Jones and Love Actually to name a few.

Anna is Professor of Flute at Trinity College of Music and has given masterclasses for BFS, RNCM, GSMD, DIC Dublin, Cork School of Music. She is currently the woodwind coach for both World Youth Orch, TL symphony Orch and CUMS.

Anna is a foundermember of the South American Folk Ensemble ‘INCA’ and is Artistic Director of the Yoxford Arts Festival, now in its ninth year.


BFS Young Artist Competition 2013

Paul Edmund-Davies


Paul Edmund-Davies established his international reputation as flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom he has performed concerti include Leonard Bernstein, Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez and Kent Nagano and he has played in Chamber Music ensembles with André Previn. For the last ten years Paul has toured extensively, giving recitals, classes and performing concerti in America, Europe, Canada, Australasia, the Middle East and the Far East.

Paul has also co-written and performed on a cross-over projects with Neil Percy, Principal percussionist with the LSO. Their disc, Ball and Biscuit, was released in 1999 on the Black Box label. Their latest disc, Cuvée Acoustique was released in May 2006 and a play along version  for one or two flutes (Flute Fusions) was published by Kevin Mayhew in January 2007, giving flautists the opportunity to experience different styles and rhythms from around the World.

He has also edited several books of music entitled The Flautist's Collection and has completed editing and recording the complete Flute Sonatas of J. S .Bach and G. F. Handel (consisting of score, parts and CD with complete performance and play along version) the Telemann Fantasias, the two unaccompanied Partitas by J. S. and C. P. E. Bach and the Canonic Sonatas and Sonatas for two flutes by Telemann. He is currently working on editions of the complete flute works of the hitherto uncelebrated Giuseppe Rabboni. Book two of the collected Sonatas was published in July 2011.

In June 2007 his book, ‘The 28 Day Warm up Book for all Flautists………..eventually!’ was published. This 150 page volume with four sections on Sonority, Fingers, Articulation and Intervals is entirely original and in a logical and musical way helps to address and solve numerous playing related issues. It is now in its third edition.

Paul has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. He took up the position of flute professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London from September 2011.

This year, his classes and recitals took him to Essen, Hamburg, Mainz and Munich in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, the UAE, Canada and numerous cities in the UK. He is also for the first time organised a flute class from Hong Kong for a ten day course in Central London.

He is a director of The Champagne Guild, a company devoted to introducing previously unavailable Champagnes into the United Kingdom. In July 2012 he was honoured to become a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

As of 22/09/05, he took up the position of Principal Flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra and from January 2011 he joined English National Opera in the same position.


Siobhan Grealy

Siobhan Grealy has a rich and varied career as a flute player. Her studies began at The Royal College of Music from where she went on to postgraduate studies with William Bennett at The Royal Academy of Music and later in France with Charles Dagnino. As a winner of various prizes and scholarships she embarked on a freelance career which encompassed solo recitals, concertos and chamber music appearances with various duo partnerships as well as part of The Wakeford Ensemble. Orchestral playing was swift to follow and after many years working freelance with orchestras such as The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The Academy of St Martin’s in the Field, The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden & The English Chamber Orchestra she was appointed to the position of sub-principal Flute in The London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 with whom she has since been happily touring the world, fitting in a few classes at The RCM & RAM when possible & squeezing in her beloved Chamber Music when she can.