Flautist Anna Stokes has worked with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and National Theatre Orchestra (‘Light Princess’ by Tori Amos) amongst others. She founded the Emanuel Ensemble in 2001 and they have since gone on to perform in recitals at a number of distinguished venues including the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, and Cadogan Hall. With the Emanuel Ensemble Anna released her debut CD in 2011, which was a combination of flute, cello and piano trio repertoire.
Anna has performed in a number of duo recitals with the flautist Lisa Friend. In January 2014 they released a CD entitled ‘Luminance – Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano’, which was selected as ‘Classic FM CD of the Week’ in January 2014, chosen as David Mellor’s Album of the Week with 5 Stars in the Mail on Sunday, and has since been aired on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC London, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.
Chamber recitals Anna has previously given include solo and duo performances for the Qatar Foundation in Doha, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Cheltenham Music Festival, and many other UK concerts performing amongst other things, solo concertos by Bach, Chaminade, Mozart, Quantz, Reinecke and Rouse. Anna has also given workshops in the UK, Hong Kong and Qatar, and assists on the annual Friend Flute Academy in London.
Anna was a scholar at the Purcell School of Music and was subsequently awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied flute with Susan Milan and Stewart McLlwham. She was also selected to participate in the Sir James Galway International Masterclasses, Switzerland 2006-2008. Anna plays on a silver Powell Flute.