Principal Flute

Anthony Ferner

Anthony Ferner is the Principal flute of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, lecturer in flute at the University of Canterbury and Musical Director of the Risingholme Orchestra.

Ferner graduated in music from the University of Canterbury, was winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 1972 and studied at the Guildhall School of Music London, flute: with Peter Lloyd (Principal Flute LSO) William Bennet and Trevor Wye. He played in summer master classes for Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway. While there he played with the Ulster Orchestra, gave recitals in London and taught in London schools.

His first full time professional position was in the Canterbury Orchestra in 1976 before being appointed as a member of the Sydney Symphony. He was also a concert artist for ABC FM radio and Musical Director of the Sydney Mozart Players and Waverley Orchestra. He worked for 2 years in Milan, teaching, giving recitals, studying operatic conducting and assisting singers as a vocal coach. 1986 - 96 he was a member of the Australian Opera and Ballet orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

In 1992 Ferner studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He has conducted concerts and operatic repertoire in Australia and New Zealand.

His most recent CD “Reverie” (Manu2050 ODE) with Helen Webby Harp, was recorded 2006 is heard frequently on radio New Zealand.

“… This flute/harp repertoire has utter taste. It has an elegance and detail that demands listening. Recommended as the year’s dinner-by-candlelight CD” (Ian Dando / New Zealand Listener)