Your Expert Staff
Jonathan studied flute at the Royal College of Music with Graham Mayger and Christopher Hyde-Smith. After teaching and freelancing in London and around the UK, he started working for Charterhouse Musical Instruments in the City of London, which was at the time one of the UK's leading wind specialists. During this time his interest in the business and technical sides of the flute grew, and he wanted to learn more about the manufacture and development of musical instruments. It was at this time that he met Ian, who was then a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1989, after travelling extensively - visiting factories in Japan, Taiwan and the USA - Jonathan opened our first shop, in the picturesque village of Walton on the Hill; a couple of years later, the then-separate business of Just Flutes (in Twickenham) came up for sale. Jonathan purchased it and the rest, as they say, is history!
Flute and Saxophone Specialist
Adam studied flute at the University of Surrey with Anna Noakes, Ian Clarke and Jenny Welch, and was awarded a First in his final recital. He is our marketing manager and website designer, and while he still occasionally plays flute and piccolo in charity gigs, he would now describe himself as a 'lapsed' player! Adam is also proficient on saxophone.
Bethany is a recent music graduate from the University of Nottingham, where she studied flute under Dana Morgan for three years. After showing an interest in music at the age of five, when given a fife instead of a recorder in school music classes, Bethany later began orchestral performance with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. She has since had the opportunity for solo concerto performances with the Lydian Orchestra. Bethany is also a competent pianist, as well as her primary instruments of flute and piccolo.
Double Reed Specialist
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ashley is an active chamber musician regularly performing in groups throughout the UK and abroad. His wind quintet, the Atéa Wind Quintet, are double prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, Kirckman Concert Society Artists and Tunnel Trust award winners.
A keen teacher and coach, Ashley regularly leads chamber music classes and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatoire where the Atéa Wind Quintet are Associate Ensemble in Residence. He also teaches bassoon at Whitgift School Croydon
Sarah has worked in our sheet music mail order department for many years, accruing on the way an in-depth knowledge of repertoire. Outside of work, Sarah is an assistant Guide leader, so often spends her holidays on Brownie camps!
Often referred to by our customers as the Sherlock Holmes of sheet music, Jenny is the queen of tracking down obscure publications. Having worked with us since we first started trading, Jenny is a walking encyclopaedia of repertoire and flute music. In her free time, Jenny is a keen bowler and is even a former county champion!