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Oliver Davies studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal as outstanding student of his year and for many years was both a piano professor and Keeper of the Department of Portraits and Performance History (which he founded).

His playing career has covered many styles, from recordings, recitals and broadcasts on early pianos to modern British premières at the Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls. As a chamber-music player he has appeared with many distinguished artists including the flautists Sir James Galway, Michael Cox and Philippa Davies, and the clarinettists Colin Bradbury and Dame Thea King. He is particularly known for his programmes on special themes, including scholarly reconstructions of historical concerts (for Aldeburgh and the BBC), surveys of the musical histories of great British houses, and re-assessments of historically significant composers and performers. Further reconstructions have been of period balls (the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A), melodramas (the Theatre Museum) and silent film scores (The National Film Theatre).

Ongoing projects include The Great War and the Violin (2014-) and Great Violinists at Drury Lane (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 2016-), both with violinist Robert Gibbs, and a double CD with cellist Adrian Bradbury of the operatic paraphrases of Alfredo Piatti.

He is also Acting Curator of the Museum of Music History.


James Dutton (Flute), Oliver Davies (PIANO)

Idyll - The English Flute Unheard - MPR101Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Menuhin Hall in Surrey, this recording is a superb selection of music for Flute (mainly with Piano) by composers who either taught or studied at the Royal College of Music in London.  None of these works have been recorded commercially for this instrumentation. Composers include Richard Walthew, Cyril Bradley Rootham, Sir George Henschel, Robin Milford, Armstrong Gibbs, Norman Demuth, Stanley Bate, Leonard Salzedo and John White.

“Hugely enjoyable disc…the balance both tonally and emotionally between the two performers is finely managed…two soloists perfectly in tune with the repertoire…” - British Music Society


“…beautifully played…these are two instinctive musicians who judge the pace of the music with sensitivity and intelligence…” - British Flute Society    


“An enchanting album… a great British flautist." - Classic FM     More >>


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