Roderick Seed is an Altus Flutes artist from the UK and author of "Mastering the Flute with William Bennett", published by Indiana University Press.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music London, where he won a scholarship to study with William Bennett. He later studied on a scholarship with Lorna McGhee at UBC in Canada. Previously, he has studied with Sebastian Bell, Kate Hill and Pat Morris (piccolo) and participated in masterclasses given by Emmanuel Pahud, Emily Beynon, and Paul-Edmund Davies.
After winning First Prize at the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, Roderick performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. He was also a prize winner at the BFS Young Artist Competition and London Concerto Competition.
Roderick has performed at Snape Maltings, St Martin in the Fields, St James's Piccadilly and Westminster Cathedral, as well as concert halls in Canada, Hungary, Japan, Germany and USA. He has played with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, London Octave and has toured Europe as soloist with West Sussex County Orchestra. He has played alongside flautists such as William Bennett and Denis Bouriakov and been conducted by Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Leif Segerstam, Bramwell Tovey, Lahav Shani, David Danzmayr, Andrew Litton and Jun Märkl.
Roderick has premiered works by Nimrod Borenstein and Eddie McGuire.
Roderick is an active teacher and runs his own Flute Retreat in Sussex, UK every year. He was Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School and has given masterclasses at the Lizst Academy in Budapest and for the Royal Muscat Philharmonic Orchestra. He was on the flute faculty for VSO School of Music in Vancouver. He is a founding faculty member of the Integrated Flutist.
Roderick was an honorary jury member for the 7th Internet Competition of Young Performers "My Favourite Flute".
Aleksander Szram specialises in performing music of the 20th and 21stCenturies, and has released several albums of contemporary repertoire on the Prima Facie record label, including the Piano Concerto by Daryl Runswick,Inner Landscapes (Douglas Finch), A Land so Luminous (Kenneth Hesketh), and the album Aztec Dances with the recorder player Jill Kemp. He has recorded for Nimbus with the flautist Wissam Boustany, and given premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Dai Fujikura, Haris Kittos, Edward Gregson and David Bedford, among others. As pianist in the ensemble Gemini, he has recorded three albums with Métier, including works by Jonathan Harvey, Sadie Harrison, Huw Watkins, Philip Grange, and the first recording of Mandala 3 by David Lumsdaine. As well as Gemini, Aleks works with Lontano and the Continuum Ensemble. He has performed in more than forty countries over six continents, and teaches piano, chamber music and academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is a Senior Teaching Fellow. He has appeared on BBC Radio3, Classic FM, Channel 4, and also on Colombian and Lebanese television. His chamber music partners include Wissam Boustany, Ian Clarke, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Stefan Hoskuldsson and Jill Kemp. He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, James Galway and Elly Ameling. He is one of the few pianists who regularly accompanies from memory.
Carrie Hensel is the Musical Director of the Hampshire Flute Choir, whom she has been conducting since 2004. The group are regularly invited to play at the National Festival of Music for Youth and Carrie has taken them on tour to places such as Estonia and Germany, and to perform at the BFS convention in Warwick.
Based in Hamsphire, she works with flautists of all ages, in schools, in her private studio and with the county's scholars. She is the flute tutor of the County Wind Ensembles, runs masterclasses and also conducts flute ensembles at various flute days and courses, such as Flutewise.
Recent pupil achievements have included places in NYO, successful music college auditions, including scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and Portsmouth Music Festival Concerto and Recital Prize winners, Newbury Young Musician of the Year and Beaulieu Music Award junior prize and senior prize winners.
She enjoys organising Hampshire Flute Days (www.fluteday.co.uk), with world-renowned flautists, such as Gareth McLearnon & Abbie Burrows (2019), Philippe Barnes (2018), Peter Verhoyen (2017), Sarah Newbold (2016), Anna Noakes (2015), Niall O'Riordan (2014), Wil Offermans (2014), Kate Hill (2012), Ian Clarke (2010), Clare Southworth (2006).
Carrie also teaches and conducts the flute choir at the Oxford Flute Summer School