Robert MurchieRobert Murchie (1884–1949) studied at the Royal College of Music. He became one of the leading flute players in London, succeeding Albert Fransella in the orchestra of the Royal Philharmonic Society (not to be confused with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and the Queen’s Hall Orchestra. He later played in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Murchie was a member of the London Flute Quartet (with Frank Almgill, Gordon Walker and Charles Stainer), with whom he made recordings, and of the London Wind Quintet. He was a successful teacher; his students included Gareth Morris(to whom he bequeathed his flute), Richard Adeney and Harold Clarke. In this photograph Robert Murchie is holding the same Rudall Carte flute that can be seen in the photograph of Gareth Morris.
Christopher Steward’s early flute recordings
Robert Murchie is joined here by his colleague from the London Wind Quintet, the clarinettist Haydn Draper, in the Valse de Concert by the flute and piccolo player James Wilcocke. The recording was made in 1923.