Lunchtime Concert: James Dutton and Oliver Davies

Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays at 1.10pm during term time, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no extra charge, and some visitors event bring a sandwich! There is a retiring collection.

James Dutton, flute
Oliver Davies, piano


  • R H Walthew - Idyll
  • G Henschel - Theme & Variations, Op. 73
  • E Schulhoff - Sonata for flute and piano
  • O Messiaen - Vocalise
  • L Berkeley - Sonatina for flute and piano

James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning prizes for orchestral, solo and chamber music performances. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medals and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.He spent twenty years as principal flute of the Scots Guards Band in London, performing at thousands of events around the world. He has also performed as a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra.He has appeared as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St.James’s Piccadilly and many other venues around London and the UK, across Europe and in Australia,South Korea and New Zealand. He has recently given recitals in the USA and Norway, with an emphasis on the repertoire he and Oliver Davies recorded on their CD “Idyll - The English Flute Unheard”.

Oliver Davies studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal as outstanding student of his year and for many years was both a piano professor and Keeper of the Department of Portraits and Performance History (which he founded). His playing career has covered many styles, from recordings, recitals and broadcasts on early pianos to modern British premières at the Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls. As a chamber-music player he has appeared with many distinguished artists including the flautists Sir James Galway and Michael Cox, and the clarinettists Colin Bradbury and Dame Thea King. He is also acting Curator of the Museum of Music History.