Ronald Marlowe

UKHallé Orchestra
Ronald Marlowe

Ronald Marlowe was born in London but spent most of his younger years living on the South Coast of England, and his flute-playing career sprang from his enjoyment of the flute as an enjoyable childhood hobby.

His moment of inspiration came in 1964 when he attended a concert given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the great Constantin Silvestri. The concert was a revelation, and the beginning of an idea that he might one day forge a career as an Orchestral Musician.

In 1968 he entered Trinity College of Music, London, studying flute with Harold Clarke and piccolo with Lowry Sanders. He then joined the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra as Second Flute, staying for an enjoyable three years. An audition with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester led to his being appointed Principal Piccolo in 1974. His quest to conquer all the challenges of piccolo playing continues to this day!

Ronald writes:

“I have recently acquired a Maesta handmade flute - 970 Silver, Vivace headjoint. I have owned a variety of instruments during my career, but feel that at last I have finally found a flute that is perfectly matched to my needs. A challenge faced by many full-time orchestral piccolo players is the “quick change”. One might, for example, have a series of long, loud, somewhat punishing passages in the top register of the piccolo, followed immediately by a low-register line in the third-flute part that requires nimbleness of articulation - Shostakovich “Festive Overture” / Tchaikovsky “Dance of the Mirlitons” for example. I find the Maesta’s responsiveness and lightness of attack to be of great assistance at such moments.

As well as flexibility and response, I have been delighted by the instrument’s potential to offer a great beauty of tone with many shades of colour; a unique, centred and characterful sound that is mellow and mellifluous yet vibrant, with plenty of “bite\\\" in the low register when needed. All this, and excellent engineering, and so finely finished – it’s a wonderful instrument!

Thank you, thank you, Pearl Flutes!”