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Flutes and Frets Duo

Flutes and plucked-stringed instruments

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Saturday 11 May 2024


Cosy Hall, Newport TF10 7LD

This concert is supported by Making Music's Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme


~ Part 1: Birth ~


"A star danced, and under that was I born"

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747) Le Cahos from Les Élémens 7’

“When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”


Marin Marais (1656-1728) Les Voix Humaines 5’

“Those that do teach young babes, do it with gentle means and easy tasks”


Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Music for Children 5’

I) Morning    II) Promenade    III) Fairy Tale

~ Part 2: Love ~

“If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more. If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more…”


John Eccles (1668-1735) Air from “The Mad Lover” 3’

"The course of true love never did run smooth."


John Dowland (1563-1626) Selected Songs 6’

I) I Saw My Lady Weep    II) Can She Excuse My Wrongs    III) Time Stands Still

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Liebesträume No. 3 6’

“But love is blind, and lovers can’t see the silly things they do around each other.”


Honoré d’Ambruis (c.1660) “Le Doux Silence De Nos Bois" 4’

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Libertango 3’



~ Part 3: Family ~


“The voice of parents is the voice of gods. For to their children they are Heaven’s lieutenants.”


William Byrd (1539/40-1623) Lulla Lullaby 3’


John Dowland (1563-1626) Dream 5’


Anthony Holborne (1545-1602) Farry Rownd (Fairy Round) 3’


Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Music for Children 5’

IX) Playing Tag    X) March    XI) Evening


“When you do dance, I wish you a wave o' the sea, that you might ever do nothing but that.”


Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 6 Romanian Folk Dances 6’

I) Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)    II) Brâul (Sash Dance)    III) Pe loc (In One Spot)    IV) Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum) V)    Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)    VI) Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

~ Part 4: Death ~


“All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity”


Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) The Silver Swan 2’


Michel Lambert (1610-1696) Ombres De Mon Amant 4’

“Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come”


Henry Purcell (1659-1695) When I’m Laid in Earth from Dido & Aeneas 5’

“Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player. That struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more”


William Byrd (1539/40-1623) Ye Sacred Muses 5’

“For you and I are past our dancing days”


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte 7’


Beth Stone      Flutes 

Danny Stone   Plucked-stringed instruments

The Flutes & Frets Duo present intimate, magnetic performances that exploit the fragility and versatility of their ensemble. Their concerts feature a variety of instruments that enable them to express the colours, gesture and emotions of repertoire from the medieval era 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. Through researching and arranging music for their combination, they push the boundaries of repertoire creating imaginative and innovative programmes.

Flutes & Frets have had the pleasure of performing all over the UK and Europe. Notable concerts include the London International Early Music Festival, Alpen Classica Festival, Lichfield Festival, and performing at the National Gallery. They were chosen as an “IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2022” for the International Young Artist Presentation, enabling them to perform in the Early Music Festival, “Laus Polyphoniae” at AMUZ, Antwerp, Belgium. This led to being selected for an award from the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists (EFFEA) arranged by the European Festivals Association in collaboration with the Flanders Festival Antwerp in order to receive coaching from Peter Van Heyghen and perform in festival concerts in Antwerp, Krakow and York which will take place in the autumn of 2023. This year, they are an ECOS Ensemble 2023 as part of the programme of residencies of the International Early Music Festival of Sierra Espuña.

They have won numerous international competition awards including the 2023 International H.I.F. Biber Competition; 2022 “22nd LAMS Matera Award”; 2021 La Follia Nuova International Chamber Music Competition; and the International Music Competition (IMC) of Association Les Musicales Du Centre. In 2022, they were finalists in the Royal Overseas League Competition Mixed Ensembles Category and won the second prize of the Vršac International Chamber Music Festival “Music in the Vineyards”. Recently,
they have been selected for the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist (PDGYA) Award Scheme which celebrates top young musical talent and offers them performance and workshop prospects. In 2022/23, they were a Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) Live! Ensemble and DEBUT Horizon Artists and can be found frequently performing at events, working with Hitched and the Alive Network agency.

Known for their onstage chemistry and interaction, they cultivate a special sound-world taking audiences on a journey through time

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