Flautist who lost everything in riots makes a comeback in Grantham

Carla Rees.
Carla Rees.
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International flautist Carla Rees, from Allington, who faced an uncertain future when her flat was destroyed by rioters, makes a professional return to Grantham next week.

Carla has chosen Harlaxton Manor as the venue for her first summer school for composers and flute players since the violent disturbances in Croydon in 2011, in which she lost everything, including priceless instruments.

The summer school for flautists and composers of electro-acoustic music will end with an hour long concert in the Great Hall at Harlaxton Manor on Wednesday.

The course and concert are by members of Rarescale - a contemporary chamber music ensemble of which Carla is musical director and which she founded in 2003.

The group performs, runs courses and is a registered charity.

The concert, on Wednesday, will demonstrate the alto and bass flutes, both as solo instruments and with electronics.

Joining her in the performance will be tutors Michael Oliva, leader in electro-acoustic music at the Royal College of Music, and flautist Ann Hodgson.

To celebrate the presentation of her new quarter tone alto flute by Dutch flute maker Eva Kingma, Carla will be performing the world premiere of Les Heures Bleues, by Oliva, the first work to be written for the new instrument.

The programme will also include music by Bach. Admission to the concert, at 8pm, is free.

Carla lost ten flutes when her possessions were destroyed and also lost her music library, including a unique collection of 600 pieces of unpublished music written for her and Rarescale.

She said at the time she did know what the future held for her, but the music world rallied round with money and offers of help and a website was set up for people wanting to donate.