Listen and learn


In the 37th of a series of articles, David Bird from the Redbridge Music Society introduces local flautist Daniel Swani, who will be performing at Wanstead Library this month

Redbridge Music Society’s current programme of events aims to bring high-quality, live chamber recitals to the Redbridge public and to promote young, talented musicians by providing them with the opportunity to perform in front of an appreciative and supportive audience. On 12 March, outstanding young local flautist Daniel Swani will perform an exciting programme of works, ranging from the baroque to contemporary, including music by Bach, Fauré, Ian Clarke and others at the Churchill Room in Wanstead Library.

Daniel started flute and recorder lessons at the age of 10, and whilst attending Woodbridge High School he also studied at Redbridge Music School. He has fond memories of his time there and also of when he was principal flute in the Redbridge Music School Orchestra. He also studied at the Purcell School and the Junior Royal Academy of Music, winning the senior woodwind prize at both institutions. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and was also principal flute with the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel studied flute, recorder and baroque flute at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with first-class honours in 2021. Whilst a student, he won a number of prizes and awards, including the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize and the Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize. He also gained a teaching diploma and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department), the City of London School for Girls and Wellington College in Berkshire.

Daniel is a particularly versatile multi-flute player, and since graduating, has embarked on a varied musical career. He is active as an orchestral musician – having performed with leading orchestras such as the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert and London Chamber Orchestras – and also as a chamber player and has played at major venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall. He co-founded the award-winning ensemble Parandrus, who have been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show and Early Music Now and who perform internationally. 

Daniel is equally at home in musical theatre; he has performed in the West End show A Christmas Carol, recorded the music for the West End’s Upstart Crow starring David Mitchell and has performed with Damon Albarn for the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland. He has also recorded for BBC TV, Apple TV, Netflix and BBC Radio 3. 

Please come along to hear and support this exceptionally talented young musician.

Daniel will perform at Wanstead Library on 12 March from 8pm (tickets on the door; visitors: £12; members: £8). Call 07380 606 767. Redbridge Music Society is affiliated to Making Music.