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About Rianna Henriques

A versatile flautist and saxophonist, experienced in playing genres ranging from classical to jazz. Bright and bubbly, bound to entertain!
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London

Rianna Henriques is a flautist and saxophonist, currently studying at the Royal College of Music for a Bachelor of Music degree, as a Victor Dahdaleh Foundation Scholar. Her professors are Gitte Marcusson for the flute and Kyle Horch for the saxophone. Rianna was previously awarded the Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize by the Royal College of Music Junior Department, alongside the Sarah Markham Saxophone award, in 2019. Additionally, she received the WJ Smith Music Scholarship and first place in the advanced category of the Lizbeth Elliott Woodwind Prize, both at Alleyn’s School. Rianna is extremely grateful to have been awarded instrumental grants from both the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Orpheus Trust. In 2018, she was fortunate enough to be appointed as one of eight musicians on the London Philharmonic Orchestra Junior Artists’ Scheme, an opportunity that enabled her to play alongside the LPO in their annual Gala at the Guildhall Great Hall in London. In May 2019, Rianna, as the soloist, performed François Borne’s flute concerto, Fantaisie Brillante (on themes from Bizet’s Carmen), at St John’s Smith Square with the Alleyn’s School Symphony Orchestra. In November 2018, Rianna performed in her own coffee morning recital in the Elgar Room, at the Royal Albert Hall. Some organisations Rianna has played with include, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra and the South London Youth Orchestra, and Theatre. More venues Rianna has performed at are, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kensington and Eltham Palaces, and the 606 Club. Rianna has been interviewed multiple times. In February 2021, she collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a pre-concert talk, in conversation with Stewart McIlwham, discussing the first movement of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1. She also featured on BBC Radio 3 to introduce herself and her favourite repertoire, and to discuss some major topics in music at the time. The Chineke! organisation recommended Rianna to Peter Westbrook, the founder of the International Flute Journal, with whom she had an online interview. Here, Rianna spoke about her life as a musician and the Chineke! Orchestra, in particular. The Royal College of Music has also invited Rianna to speak at various galas, as both an RCM Scholar and a Junior Department alumna. In recent years, Rianna’s passion for jazz music has grown, especially after attending YolanDa Brown’s album listening party as a special guest; Rianna is truly inspired by both her and the jazz genre in general. Her jazz instrumental teacher, Andy Panayi, is extremely influential and Rianna is enjoying her time as the flute chairholder in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Baroque, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Swing, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Karaoke, Covers, Reggae, Ska, African music, Afrobeat
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Concert, Recording session, Church service, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Corporate event
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Other skills:
Transcription, Dancer, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

FLUTE...
Baroque
• JS Bach – Sonata in E major (mvmts. I & II)
Romantic
• Bizet/Borne – Fantaisie Brillante from Carmen (James Galway arrangement)
• Georges Brun – Romance
• Eldin Burton – Sonatina (complete)
• Debussy – Reverie
• Debussy – Syrinx
• Doppler – Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy
• Faure – Fantasie
• Philippe Gaubert - Romance
• Goddard – Suite (mvmts. I & II)
• Georges Hüe – Fantaisie
• Reinecke – Ballade Op.288
• Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee (James Galway arrangement)
• Saint-Saëns – Airs de Ballet d’Ascanio
• Saint-Saëns – Romance
20th Century
• Poulenc – Sonata (mvmts. I & II)
• John Rutter – Suite Antique (mvmts. III & IV)
• Schulhoff – Sonata
Concerto
• Cécile Chaminade – Concertino
• Mozart – Concerto in G major K.313 (mvmt I)
Solo/Unaccompanied
• Debussy – La fille aux cheveux de lin
• Johannes Donjon – Le Chant du Vent
SAXOPHONE...
Jazz Transcriptions
• Paul Desmond - I've Got You Under My Skin
• Paul Desmond - Take 5
• Johnny Hodges - Brown Gold
• Charlie Parker - Billie's Bounce
• Art Pepper - Brown Gold
• (Can play many more jazz pieces)
Romantic
• Paule Maurice - Tableaux de Provence
• Robert Planel - Prélude et Saltarelle
• William Grant Still - Romance
20th Century
• Alfred Desenclos - Prélude, Cadence et Finale
• Andre Jolivet - Fantaisie Impromptu
• Oliver Nelson - Sonata
• Amy Quate - Light of Sothis
Spanish/Tango
• Pedro Iturralde - Pequeña Czarda
ALL requests are welcome!
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

- The preparation that goes into my performances - My energy on stage/stage presence - My bubbly personality

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

- Royal Albert Hall - Royal Festival Hall - Queen Elizabeth Hall - Purcell Room - The Birmingham Symphony Hall - Wigmore Hall - Cadogan Hall - Kensington Palace - Eltham Palace - The 606 Club - The Hideaway

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

- YolanDa Brown - Nubya Garcia - Charlie Parker - Marcel Mule - Andy Panayi - James Galway - Adam Walker - Michael Cox

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

- I was invited to take part in the CBeebies BBC Prom 2019 with the Chineke! Orchestra - Performed in a recital of my own at the Royal Albert Hall - Performed at the Cambridge Jazz Festival with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be flexible with changes of plans so long as they are not too last minute! If I can accommodate you with a date or time change, I will! I understand that unexpected things may come up from time to time.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Definitely! I have a range of playlists and sets on my device that I can leave running before or after I play, and I can even provide a DJ, both at an extra cost of £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

It depends on the nature of the gig but half an hour to an hour should be good to set up for a gig. This includes time to warm up/tune to a piano if need-be and to possibly plug in background music etc.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

You definitely can! My set list is very broad as I play many instruments and also many genres. You can take a pick and I will take this into consideration. You can also suggest your own pieces/songs if it is well in advance!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I will also bring my own music stand, if necessary!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song/piece is not in my repertoire list, there is a high chance I already know it, so do feel free to get in contact about specific suggestions! There is an extra fee of £30 to take into account rehearsal and preparation times though, please do take this into account!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£300

Reviews

From customers:

Milo M

'A phenomenal performance from the orchestra as a whole. Rianna lead the woodwind section well and executed her solos with great poise!'

Georgia (, 3 years ago

'An exceptional performance showing great versatility. I was blown away by the standard of her repertoire and that she could play both the flute and the saxophone to such a high standard.'