Listen and learn: Daniel Swani

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In the fifth of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of the Redbridge Music Society and introduces us to young flautist Daniel Swani, who will be performing at Wanstead Library this month.

A common thread throughout Redbridge Music Society's current 'Wigmore to Wanstead' programme is to bring talented young musicians to the attention of the Redbridge public via the provision of a performance opportunity in front of a critical but supportive audience at a local venue. On 27 April, local young flautist and recorder player Daniel Swani will perform works ranging from baroque to modern at the Churchill Room in Wanstead Library.

Daniel was born in 1999 and started flute and recorder lessons at the age of 10. Whilst attending Woodbridge High School, he studied for five years at Redbridge Music School and was principal flute in the Redbridge Music School Symphony Orchestra. Daniel currently studies flute with Anna Pope and recorder with Barbara Law at The Purcell School, where he holds a government MDS scholarship. On Saturdays, he attends the Junior Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the senior woodwind prize. He is principal flute in the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra and a member of the recorder consort.

He is currently a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and was previously principal flute with the London Schools' Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras, Daniel has performed at London's Royal Festival and Albert Halls and the Barbican Centre; he has also participated in a tour of Sweden. This year he became a London Philharmonic Orchestra Junior Artist, taking part in a programme that provides invaluable career development for promising artists.

In 2012 Daniel was given the opportunity to perform alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in Stratford. In May 2014 he again played alongside the LSO at their 2014 open-air concert in Trafalgar Square, under the internationally-famous conductor Valery Gergiev. In November 2016 he performed live on BBC Radio 3's drive-time show In Tune as part of the Chineke Foundation Junior Wind Quartet.

Daniel is particularly grateful for the generous support of The Walter Bergman Fund and The Felicity Belfield Trust. Recently, he was awarded a scholarship offer to study at the Royal Academy of Music as a full-time student and will take this up in September 2017.

Daniel's burning ambition is to be a performing musician and to have a seat in a top London orchestra. He is an outstanding player, both technically and musically, and many would agree that eventually playing in a major London orchestra is a foregone conclusion for such a talented young man.

Daniel will perform at Wanstead Library on 27 April from 8pm (tickets available on the door; visitors: £10; Redbridge Music Society members: £7). For more information, call 07511 888 520 or visit redbridgemusicsociety.org.uk


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