The Full Works Concert - Monday 8 December, 8pm

Jane Jones celebrates the 75th birthday of the legendary flautist Sir James Galway.

James Galway flautist

On tonight’s Full Works Concert, Jane Jones marks the 75th birthday of acclaimed flute player James Galway. Known as the ‘Man with the Golden Flute’, Sir James was the first flute player to become an international superstar. After an incredible career, and 30 million album sales, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Gramophone Awards 2014.

GALLERY: James Galway - A Life in Pictures >

Born in Belfast, Sir James was inspired to take up the flute by his father, grandfather and uncle who were all flautists. As a teenager he studied flute at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. He went on to spend 15 years as an orchestral player - with the Sadler's Wells Opera, the Covent Garden opera orchestra, the LSO and the Royal Philharmonic. He then landed the top job in the world for any flautist - as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's principal flute under Herbert von Karajan. Six years later, he departed to pursue a spectacular career as a soloist. His engaging personality and brilliant playing made him a household name. 

Another anniversary on the menu tonight is the 65th anniversary of the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 in D minor
The Nash Ensemble 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major
Flute: James Galway
Rudolf Baumgartner conducts the Lucerne Festival Strings

Leonard Bernstein: On The Town, Three Dance Episodes
Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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