Not long ago, the principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gareth Davies, accosted a fresh-faced student on the steps of the Royal Academy of Music. The conversation went something like this:
‘Do you know who I am?’
‘Yes, sir. You’re Mr Davies, sir, principal flute of the LSO.’
‘Right. Well from now on, you are going to be my co-principal.’
(Or that’s how we heard it.)
It was one of the smartest recruitments we’ve ever seen.
As of today, Adam Walker (left, above, with Davies) becomes visiting professor of flute at the Royal College of Music.
A professor, at 27.
Simon Channing, RCM Head of Woodwind, says: “I am delighted that Adam will be joining the Woodwind Faculty at the RCM. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, a wonderfully charismatic player and teacher. We will never forget the masterclass he gave here last year which combined rare insight and generosity of spirit – the ideal combination for a great teacher.”
Drinks all round.