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Gareth Morris (born 13 May 1920) is a British flautist. He was the principal in several London orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Professor of the Flute at The Royal Academy of Music 1945 - 1985. He is known for continuing to play on a wooden flute, at a time when many other players had switched to metal instruments; this trend later reversed. May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... A flautist demonstrates flute-playing technique A flautist or flutist is a musician who plays the flute. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Philharmonia is an orchestra based in London. ...


Morris started his studies at the age of twelve and his main teacher was Robert Murchie (who played in the British première of Janacek's 'Mladi'. Entering the Royal Academy of Music just before the war, he quickly encountered Dennis Brain, who remained his lifelong friend until Brain's tragic death on the night of 31 August/1 September 1957. Morris was best man at Dennis's wedding. Morris served in the RAF, and was principal flute in the RAF Symphony Orchestra. After the war he was principal flute in several chamber and other orchestras (Boyd Neel, National Symphony, etc), as well as having a solo career and performing with the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble. The Royal Academy of Music (sometimes abbreviated to RAM) is a music school in London, England and is one of the leading music institutions in the world. ... // Dennis Brain (1921 – 1957) was a very distinguished British horn player and was largely responsible for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the public. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Morris succeeded Arthur Gleghorn as Principal Flute in the Philharmonia in 1948 and stayed until his resignation in early February, 1972 (the press release at the time spoke of 'irreconcilable artistic differences'). His flute was a Rudall-Carte with open G-sharp and vented D, and ultimately he performed on the instrument bequeathed to him by Murchie. Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


During the Klemperer years he was the British musician closest to Klemperer, and as Chairman of the New Philharmonia he was instrumental in arranging for Lorin Maazel to become Klemperer's Assistant Chief Conductor of the NPO. Photographic portrait taken ca. ... Lorin Varencove Maazel (born March 6, 1930) is a conductor, violinist and composer. ...


Gareth Morris played at Her Majesty's Coronation in 1953. He married for the first time the following year, ultimately divorcing and marrying his present wife, Patricia. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


His style was of the English school, with a tight embouchure and he produced a very solid and powerful tone which was also capable of incredible delicacy. He eschewed the use of excessive vibrato. He was arguably the greatest orchestral flautist of the 20th century.


Having spent all of his active professional life in Canonbury, London, Morris now lives in Bristol close to the small town of Clevedon, where he was born along with his brother Christopher Morris (music publisher, OUP) and his sister, Jan Morris (the travel writer). Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and the borough of Swindon. ... Jan Morris CBE (born James Humphrey Morris on 2 October 1926, in Clevedon, Somerset, England, but by heritage and adoption Welsh) is a British historian and travel writer. ...


A photographic portrait taken in 1968 by Godfrey Argent is held by the National Portrait Gallery.


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Morris is survived by his wife, Elaine Richardson Morris; three sons, Gareth Morris, Malcolm Morris and Christopher Morris; and three grandchildren, Madelyn Morris, Emily Morris and Gregory Morris.
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