Born in Clevedon, , Gareth Morris
studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Robert Murchie. His début as soloist
came in 1939 at the Wigmore Hall. He was appointed flute professor at the
in 1945, becoming a very influential teacher, and principal flute with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra c.1943. He was also principal flute with the
Philharmonia Orchestra 1948-1972 and from 1969 he was chairman of the New
Philharmonia Orchestra. He gave the first performance in England of Poulenc’s
flute sonata with the composer at the piano. A number of new works were
dedicated to him, Gordon Jacob’s flute concerto and Rawsthorne’s concerto for flute
and horn amongst them.
He was a very expressive player
but never overused vibrato. He played a cocuswood flute made by Rudall Carte
with a thinned head and an open G#. The instrument once belonged to his
teacher, Robert Murchie.