Chamber Ensembles

Two Flute and Piano Ensemble

Anna Stokes (Flute), Lisa Friend (Flute)
Mark Kinkaid (Piano)
An array of  Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano

Flute and Piano Duo

Anna Stokes (Flute)
Katherine Rockhill (Piano)
 An array of  works for flute and piano

Two Flute and Piano Ensemble

Anna Stokes (Flute), Lisa Friend (Flute) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano)
An array of pieces including works from their CD 'Luminance' - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano

Lisa Friend and Anna Stokes regularly give chamber music recitals together performing solo and duo works for flute and piano.  They recently released a CD entitled 'Luminance - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano' under Champs Hill Records (Jan 2014 Release). Their CD has since been chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week' (Jan 2014), David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday' (Jan 2014) and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.  They have also been warmly received by reviewers including BBC Classical Music Magazine, Classic FM, Classicalear (Online reviewer), Mail on Sunday 'David Mellor' Column and James Manheim (US Music reviewer).

Lisa Friend (Flautist) has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, City of Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
In January 2020, she performed as a soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum, Salzburg for the opening concert of 'Mozart Week 2020'.



She has toured throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and has been broadcast on radio stations around the world including Classic FM, Scala Radio, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC London, RTE Lyric FM, ORF Radio, WQXR Classical Radio-New York, WFMT Radio-Chicago and with the Brodsky Quartet live in the Classic FM Studios and on BBC One TV 'The Andrew Marr Show'.



Her many recordings as a solo/chamber artist include Voyage (Chandos), Essence-Lisa Friend and Rohan De Silva (Chandos), Mozart Quartets-Lisa Friend & the Brodsky Quartet (Chandos), Cinema Affair (Silva Screen), Luminance (Champs Hill Records) and Deep in My Soul (Signum Records). All have been widely praised in the press including the BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and the Mail on Sunday and many of her CDs have been chosen as Classic FM’s Album of the Week/Weekend and Drive Discovery. Both her CDs ‘Cinema Affair’ and ‘Essence’ have also been featured albums on board British Airways 'Highlife In Flight Entertainment'.

 She has also featured on a recording for Malcolm Martineau and friends of songs by Poulenc (Signum Classics) and as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a CD by Ian Mulder.



Solo recital highlights include performances for Steven Spielberg and his USC Shoah Foundation, for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London. She has also performed live on stage as a soloist with Principal dancers of the Royal Ballet for Sergei Polunin’s 'Project Polunin' and appeared at the Tenth Anniversary Concert for Children and the Arts in collaboration with Classic FM.



After signing a deal with Universal Publishing, Lisa wrote original arrangements for her trio based on some of the great film scores as well as her own compositions, performing at venues such as St Martin- in-the-Fields, St. John’s, Smith Square, and the British Embassy in Paris.

She has given master-classes in South Korea and the UK, including, most recently (January 2019), a woodwind performance masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music, and runs an annual international flute master-class, The Friend International Flute Academy. In April 2017, she was a jury member for the Concours du Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste at the École Normale de Musique de Paris ‘Alfred Cortot’.



Having spent her early years in the USA, Lisa Friend studied with Renée Siebert of the New York Philharmonic before winning a scholarship, at seventeen, to study with Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music; she pursued her postgraduate studies as a ‘Martin Music Scholar’ with the late Alain Marion in Paris.



Lisa Friend is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and the Children and the Arts Trust, and a Powell Artist, playing a Verne Q. Powell gold flute.

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Lisa Friend
Flute

Anna Stokes has worked with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Arts Symphonic, National Theatre Orchestra (‘Light Princess’ by Tori Amos) and session work for EMI, Universal, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury.

Her solo/chamber music albums for Champs Hill Records include: Emanuel Ensemble-Works for flute, cello & piano (John Reid, pianist & Louisa Tuck, cello) and ‘Luminance-Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano’-Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano). ‘Luminance’ was chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week', David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday' and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC London, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.

Anna founded the Emanuel Ensemble in 2001 and they have since gone on to perform in recitals at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, National Gallery, V & A Museum, Conway Hall, Leighton House and various UK concert societies.  She has also performed in a number of duo recitals with flautist Lisa Friend and given solo flute / piano duo performances for the Qatar Foundation in Doha, at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Cheltenham International Festival, various UK concert societies and performed concertos and solo works by Bach, Chaminade, Mozart, Quantz, Reinecke and Rouse.

Awards and sponsorship include; Haynes International Flute Competition Prize Winner (USA), David Bowerman Charitable Trust Sponsorship, Sir James Galway International Masterclass ‘Gold Nagahara Headjoint Award’ for ‘Best Performer by popular vote’ 2007, Marc Rich Scholarship for Artistic Achievement, LPO Future Firsts (2006-2007), Solti Foundation Award, EMI Sound Foundation Award and a Brannen-Cooper Flute awarded to her from the ‘Foundation for Sport and the Arts’. She has given workshops in the UK, Hong Kong and Qatar and assists on the annual ‘Friend International Flute Academy’

Anna was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she studied with Anna Pope. She was subsequently awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied flute with Susan Milan and Stewart McLlwham, graduating in 2004 with First Class Honours. Anna was selected to participate in the Sir James Galway International Masterclass, Switzerland 2006-2008.

Anna plays on a silver Powell Flute. She is grateful for the kind support from the David and Mary Bowerman Charitable Trust.

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Anna Stokes
Flute

Luminance' CD - 'Anna Stokes & Lisa Friend are superb flautists and here they turn their attention to predominantly French repertoire…..All in all a charming collection, beautifully played and recorded' 

(Classic FM - Jan 2014)

'Luminance' CD - 'And if the sound of one flute is attractive, the sound of two, played as well as they are here, is exhilarating' 

(David Mellor - Album of the Week - Mail on Sunday ★★★★★)
 

Sweet-toned, superbly stylish performances all round from Lisa Friend and Anna Stokes, who enjoy alert support from Mark Kinkaid at the piano. Truthful, nicely balanced sound too.' Andrew Aschenbach - Classical Ear 

As a freelance accompanist, Mark Kinkaid has worked for the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Pegasus Opera.

He has accompanied the Basingstoke Choral Society since 1976 and was appointed Assistant Musical Director in 1997.

In 2010-2012, he was the accompanist for the Friend International Flute Academy. In 2012-2013, he was an official accompanist on the Cambridge International String Academy Course.

 

He has also been a repetiteur for Opera South (Manon) as well as completing a season with Opera Integra. Mark was the official accompanist on the Torroella de Montgri Summer Course in Spain (1992-1993), accompanist in Janacek Cunning Little Vixen (2007) and musical director in four performances of Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel (2008) for ‘Music at Woodhouse’, Surrey.


Mark regularly collaborates with flautist, Lisa Friend. Together, they have broadcast a live duo recital on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and performed in numerous recitals including Wigmore Hall and other UK venues. Other notable performances include the ‘White Rose Ball’ Holocaust Fundraiser alongside artist Liza Minnelli. They have also recorded a CD of romantic works on the Signum Records Label.
 

Mark Kinkaid - Piano
 
 

Anna Stokes - Flute

Flute & Piano Duo

Anna Stokes has worked with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Arts Symphonic, National Theatre Orchestra (‘Light Princess’ by Tori Amos) and session work for EMI, Universal, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury.

She has also performed in a number of duo recitals with flautist Lisa Friend. In 2014, she released a CD entitled 'Luminance - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano' – Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano) under Champs Hill Records (Jan 2014 Release). Their CD was chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week' (Jan 2014), David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday' (Jan 2014) and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC London, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.

 

Anna founded the Emanuel Ensemble in 2001 and they have since gone on to perform in recitals at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, National Gallery, V & A Museum, Conway Hall, Leighton House and various UK concert societies. Anna recorded her debut CD with the Emanuel Ensemble (John Reid, pianist and Louisa Tuck, cello) for Champs Hill Records (released in 2011). She has also given solo flute / piano duo performances for the Qatar Foundation in Doha, at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Cheltenham International Festival, various UK concert societies and performed concertos and solo works by Bach, Chaminade, Mozart, Quantz, Reinecke and Rouse.

Awards and sponsorship include; Haynes International Flute Competition Prize Winner (USA), David Bowerman Charitable Trust Sponsorship, Sir James Galway International Masterclass ‘Gold Nagahara Headjoint Award’ for ‘Best Performer by popular vote’ 2007, Marc Rich Scholarship for Artistic Achievement, LPO Future Firsts (2006-2007), Solti Foundation Award, EMI Sound Foundation Award and a Brannen-Cooper Flute awarded to her from the ‘Foundation for Sport and the Arts’. She has given workshops in the UK, Hong Kong and Qatar and assists on the annual ‘Friend International Flute Academy’.

Anna was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she studied with Anna Pope. She was subsequently awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied flute with Susan Milan and Stewart McLlwham, graduating in 2004 with First Class Honours. Anna was selected to participate in the Sir James Galway International Masterclass, Switzerland 2006-2008.

Anna plays on a silver Powell Flute. She is grateful for the kind support from the David and Mary Bowerman Charitable Trust.

Katherine Rockhill - Piano

Katherine Rockhill attended the Royal College of Music in London, where she was a Foundation Scholar, Major Prize-Winner and Junior Fellow. Upon graduating, she won the RCM's most prestigious award, the Tagore Medal, which was presented to her by HRH the Prince of Wales. At the personal request of Prince Charles, Katherine has twice performed at Sandringham House.
 
Katherine has appeared on BBC Television, BBC Radio and Classic FM and performed at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has toured extensively with internationally renowned flautist, Susan Milan including concerts in the United States, Australia and South Korea. In 1998 Katherine was the pianist for Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells 3' performed at the Horse Guards Parade in London.

In July 2018, Katherine performed Mozart's 'Piano Concerto in A' at St Martin In the Fields and was also the solo pianist for 'Evanescence Synthesis Live Tour 2018' with performances at the Royal Festival Hall & Eventim Apollo, London. At the same time, Katherine was the pianist for the Brian Friel play the 'Aristocrats' at the Donmar Warehouse, London.

In September 2019 Katherine was delighted to perform Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' as the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra on board the QM2 travelling from New York to Southampton. It was so well received, she has been invited to repeat the occasion again on the return trip later this year.

Katherine has played keyboard in many West End musicals including, 'Grease', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Crazy for You', 'Whistle down the Wind', 'My Fair Lady', ‘Miss Saigon’, Ingmar Bergman ‘Fanny & Alexander’ at the Old Vic and 'Pinocchio' at the National Theatre. She is currently depping on ‘Matilda the Musical' at the Cambridge Theatre, London and 'Mamma Mia!' at the Novello Theatre, London.

She was the pianist for Tori Amos' musical 'The Light Princess' at the National Theatre in London. She then recorded the cast album, released in November 2015.

Katherine's most recent orchestral work has been with the RPCO, National Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with the London Concert Orchestra accompanying Katherine Jenkins on keyboard on her 2019 'Guided Light' tour.

As well as her busy performance schedule, Katherine is a very dedicated and passionate music teacher.  She has been working at her local prep school for over 14 years.