Anna Stokes has worked with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Arts Symphonic, National Theatre Orchestra ('Light Princess' by Tori Amos) and session work for EMI, Universal, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury. She has also toured the UK extensively with singers Russell Watson and Aled Jones.
She founded the Emanuel Ensemble in 2001 and they have since gone on to perform in recitals at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, National Gallery, V & A Museum, Conway Hall, Leeds International Festival, Schubert Society of Britain, Leighton House, Villa D'Este, Lake Como and various UK concert societies. Anna recorded her debut CD with the Emanuel Ensemble (John Reid, pianist and Louisa Tuck, cello) for Champs Hill Records (released in 2011).
Anna has also performed in a number of duo recitals with flautist Lisa Friend. She recently released a CD entitled 'Luminance - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano' - Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano) under Champs Hill Records (Jan 2014 Release). Their CD has since been chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week' (Jan 2014), David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the'Mail on Sunday' (Jan 2014) and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM. She has also given solo flute / piano duo performances for the Qatar Foundation in Doha, at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, the Cheltenham International Festival and UK concert societies. Anna has also performed concertos and solo works by Bach, Chaminade, Mozart, Quantz, Reinecke and Rouse.
Awards include the Marc Rich Scholarship for Artistic Achievement, Sir James Galway International Masterclass 'Gold Nagahara Headjoint Award' for 'Best Performer' in 2007, David Bowerman Charitable Trust Sponsorship, Haynes International Flute Competition Prize Winner (USA, 2007), LPO Future Firsts (2006-2007), Solti Foundation Award, EMI Sound Foundation Award and a Brannen-Cooper Flute awarded to her from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts. She has given workshops in the UK, Hong Kong and Qatar and assists on the annual 'Lisa Friend London Flute Summer Masterclass'.
Anna was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where she studied with Anna Pope. She was subsequently awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied flute with Susan Milan and Stewart McLlwham, graduating in 2004 with First Class Honours. Anna was selected to participate in the Sir James Galway International Masterclass, Switzerland 2006-2008. She has received coaching from flautists including Paul Edmund Davies, Celia Chambers, Michael Cox, the late Sebastian Bell and composers, the late Nicholas Maw and Jindrich Feld. Anna plays on a silver Powell Flute.
Anna is grateful for the kind support from the David and Mary Bowerman Charitable Trust.