Neusidler Lute Song “La Morra”
Dowland Selected Songs
Hume Captain Hume’s Lamentations
Eccles Sonata Quarta in G major from Deuxième Livre
Cervetto Flute Sonata No. 2
Traditional Selected Folk Tunes from the 17th & 18th century
Beethoven 12 German Dances
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op.28
Fauré Sicilienne Op.78
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Aria
Villa-Lobos Schottish Choro
Piazzolla Invierno Porteño (Winter)
After first collaborating at the Royal College of Music, Beth Stone and Daniel Murphy founded the Flutes and Frets Duo in March 2021. They are an upcoming, unique ensemble passionate about showing the versatility of the flute and plucked instruments combination. Fundamentally, their aim is to play all types of music on the instruments they were originally composed for. They achieve this by exploring a wide scope of repertoire ranging from medieval all the way through to contemporary.
Enthusiastic about developing in knowledge, they are devoted to keeping primary sources at the core of their historically-informed approach to performance practice. They enjoy exploring a huge spectrum of repertoire including much underrepresented music and also arrangements of more well-known works. Another central part to their objective is expanding the repertoire for flutes and plucked instruments by arranging music that hasn’t yet been published for this combination and by commissioning new works.
The Flutes & Frets Duo have had the pleasure of performing all over England and in Europe. In the summer of 2022, they were selected for the 2022 International Young Artist Presentation (IYAP), enabling them to perform in the Early Music Festival, “Laus Polyphoniae” at AMUZ, Antwerp, Belgium. Notable concerts in England include the London International Early Music Festival, the Lichfield Festival, Great Exhibition Road Festival and performing at the National Gallery. They were thrilled to be awarded the first prize for the 2021 La Follia Nuova International Chamber Music Competition, to be winners of the 2022 “22nd LAMS Matera Award” chamber music category scoring 98/100, and to be finalists in the Royal
Overseas League Competition Mixed Ensembles Category 2022. They have recently been selected as a Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) Live! ensemble for the 2022/23 scheme, as well as both being members of the new BREMF Medieval Ensemble. They are DEBUT Horizon artists and frequently perform at events, working with Hitched and the Alive Network agency.
One of the main aims of the duo is to bring awareness to diverse audiences of the wide possibilities that this combination of instruments provides and also the variety of sounds that composers of every era would have intended their audiences to hear. Through this, they produce a special sound palette by combining historically-informed performance with modern conventional performance.
After starting to play flute at age six, Beth Stone spent seven years studying at Chetham’s School of Music from age eleven, taking an interest in historical flutes in her final two years there. In 2022, she graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class honours, where she studied historical flutes with Rachel Brown and modern flute with Gitte Marcusson and as part of the joint principal course.
As an orchestral player, Beth has had the pleasure of working with the Academy of Ancient Music; Ex-Cathedra; London Handel Orchestra; Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra; National Youth Jazz Orchestra among others. She is an avid player of all types of flutes, both historical and modern. Pursuing a career in both fields, Beth aims to gain experience, knowledge and understanding of the vast music she plays.
Daniel Murphy studied Classical Guitar at the Royal College of Music with Carlos Bonell before transitioning to the historical performance department in his third year, becoming RCM’s first ever undergraduate principal-study theorbo player, studying with Jakob Lindberg.
Daniel’s freelance work includes collaborating with ensembles such as Ex-Cathedra, Fiori Musicali, London Baroque Orchestra and Dowland Works among others. As a lutenist, he regularly performs lute song with numerous singers including Emma Kirkby, Mary Bevan and Hugh Cutting. Career highlights include performing with the Tavernor Consort, conducted by Andrew Parrott in Frauenchiemsee, Germany, and featuring on Radio 3’s Early Music Show in Windsor Castle performing music for Charles II.