Meet the 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 Piccolo Specialist
Tim Bingham is a freelance flautist based in London, working with orchestras all over the UK. Over the past few years he has performed in many prestigious venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, Cantiere International Music Festival (Montepulciano, Italy), Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Howard Assembly Room. Tim studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Laura Jellicoe, Kevin Gowland, Jenny Hutchinson and Paul Edmund Davies. As a chamber musician he has worked closely with his professional flute trio, Tula Flutes, in a number of concert series in Scotland and the North of England. Tim continues to pursue a versatile career in chamber music, solo performance and orchestral playing; as well as working as a freelance professional woodwind technician.
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.
Flute and Piccolo Specialist
Bethany is a music graduate of the University of Nottingham, where she studied flute with Dana Morgan. 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
Workshop Manager; Flute and Piccolo Technician; Headjoint Maker
Ian studied flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Kate Hill and Trevor Wye. Whilst there he was offered an instrument technology course as part of his diploma which lasted three years. During this time he produced his first headjoint which was made from stainless steel and nickel silver.
Following study at the RNCM he started working from home repairing flutes and making headjoints, quickly gaining a reputation for the quality of his work. Ian spent time working at the Brannen Cooper factory in the USA, receiving training in both manufacture and repair of their flutes. This influence led to a thorough overhaul of his method of making headjoints.
Ian has now established himself as one of the leading flute technicians in the UK, maintaining many instruments belonging to professional players. He is resident flute technician at Just Flutes / Jonathan Myall Music.
As a player Ian regularly freelances in the south of England and abroad, working with Surrey Opera, Kentish Opera and two wind quintets amongst others. He has worked as the principal wind tutor for the IAPS National Symphony.
Single Reed Technician
Griff served in the Royal Marines for 22 years before deciding to retire from military life in 2003 to combine his passion for music and his engineering skills to become a musical instrument repairer. Griff studied Musical Instrument Technology and Repair (woodwind and brass repair and making) at Merton College.
Griff is something of a saxophone geek and has a passion for all things saxophone both vintage and modern. He is married with 2 young boys and lives in Exmouth, Devon, from where he commutes to us weekly!
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!
Beth is a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway University of London specialising in flute performance. Having completed her undergraduate degree at Royal Holloway with an instrumental scholarship, she decided to continue her studies at the same institution, partially so as to remain with the same flute teacher, Dr Carla Rees. Throughout her studies Beth has developed an interest in contemporary music, which has led to an exploration into new music as well as her involvement with the Royal Holloway New Music Collective – an ensemble that works with external composers as well as providing opportunities for student composers to have their works performed.
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!
Roderick Seed graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with William Bennett, Kate Hill and Pat Morris. He has also studied with Lorna McGhee and Sebastian Bell. He has since played with London Octave, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist in Japan, Canada, Europe and USA.
He is the author of “Mastering the Flute with William Bennett” published by Indiana University Press and an Altus Flutes Artist.
Becka is a Music graduate from Bath Spa University, where she studied Flute. As most children dohe began her musical journey at school playing the recorder, and was introduced to the flute at a Music Night held by her Brownie Group. It was in her final year of University that she discovered her love for Musical Theatre, and quickly realised that being a ‘doubler’ was an essential part of the process. Becka would now consider herself a proficient Clarinet and Saxophone player. Since University she has played in many Amateur Dramatic shows including a preview of a new show at The Arts Theatre in London. Becka continues to pursue a career in Musical Theatre, while enjoying her role of Mail Order Executive and increasing her knowledge of sheet music along the way.