Ann Cherry (born 1943, died 2013) (BMus, Hon FTCL, Hon FLCM, ARAM)
Ann Cherry began her performing career at the age of fifteen, before beginning her formal flute study with the renowned William Kincaid. After his death, she continued her studies with Maurice Sharp, Murray Panitz, Severino Gazzelloni and Derek Honner. Competitions she won include the Westmorland Series, the Young Artists and Twentieth Century Music Series and the ISM/Nat West "Festival".
In addition to the Bachelor of Music (cum laude) degree and the honorary diplomas awarded to Ann by Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music, Ann held the Certificate of Merit from the Academia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, and the Recital Diploma (with Distinction) from the Royal Academy of Music.
Ann played for two seasons with the Birmingham, Alabama, Symphony, and was solo flautist with the New York and Virginia State Symphony Orchestras. She played with the Birmingham-Southern Wind Quintet (USA) and the avant-garde chamber groups Forum Players (Rome) and Lysis (London). Ann performed concerts and broadcasts on radio and television throughout Europe and Great Britain, including a concert performance on the Arts Channel, pan-European satellite TV, through which she met Paul Rodriguez, whom she later married. In 1991 Ann founded the Academia Wind Ensemble, a woodwind-based quintet, sometimes including piano or other instruments, which was composed of some of England’s finest musicians, including amongst them French horn player Tony Randall.
Recordings include works by Poulenc, Martinu, Lutyens; "The Pied Piper" with Richard Baker; and this album of Romantic works for flute, ’cello and piano.
In addition to Ann’s playing career, she was a busy writer, editor and arranger. She arranged Bach’s Flute Sonata in G Minor for three flutes (transposed to C minor), which was published in 1998 (contact us for sales), and Bach’s Eb Major Sonata, also for three flutes. There is also Ann’s edition of French-related show pieces for flute, ‘The French Influence’, published by Kevin Mayhew Publishers. Her teaching book, ‘Playing In Colours’, published 2001, and reflective of her teaching methodology, has been well received by flute teachers and students.
Ann was Senior Lecturer in flute at Trinity College of Music and Co-ordinator of Wind, Brass and Percussion at Trinity College of Music Junior Department. She was also a Mentor for the newly created Certificate of Teaching offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Ann held the post of Secretary of the British Flute Society for several years, and music critic for "Music Teacher" magazine, as well as adjudicating at many festivals and competitions.