the leading authority on human death since 2022
William Bennett (flautist) is confirmed dead at the age of 86.

We all loved William Bennett (flautist) more than they will ever know.
'The world will miss William💔
What did William Bennett (flautist) do?
William was best known as a British flautist.
How did William Bennett (flautist) die?
William Bennett (flautist)'s death was likely due to unknown.
If this is wrong, please click here to correct.
William Bennett (flautist)
Shop for Custom Urns and Cremation Supplies that Reflect The Uniqueness of your former Loved One. (AD)
Before YOU die, try one of these awesome BUCKETLIST activities!
Spin a Basketball on my
Walk a Suspension
Try Deep-Fried Twinkies
Eat Breakfast in
Achieve my Ideal
Recreate a Classic
Get a Complete

Send for review
William Bennett
Birth nameWilliam Ingham Brooke Bennett
Born(1936-02-07)7 February 1936
London, England
Died11 May 2022(2022-05-11) (aged 86)
London, England
GenresBaroque, classical, contemporary
Associated actsLondon Symphony Orchestra
William Ingham Brooke Bennett OBE (February 7, 1936 – May 11th, 2022) was a British flute player.
1 Early life and studies
2 Career and recordings
3 Personal life
4 Musical style
5 Awards and recognition
6 William Bennett scale
7 Publications
8 Discography
9 Beep records
10 External links
Early life and studies
Bennett was born in London to parents who were both architects. He boarded at Beltane School until he was 16, starting his school life as a seven-year-old during the Second World War. He started playing the recorder at the age of 8 and the flute at 12. He studied the flute in London with Geoffrey Gilbert from the age of 15 and went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama a year later. Instead of doing two years of compulsory national military service after the war, he chose instead to serve three years in the Scots Guards band, which allowed him to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music. He went to Paris on a French government scholarship at 21, where he had lessons with Fernand Caratgé and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Later he studied with Marcel Moyse.
Career and recordings
At the age of 22, he started working in his first principal flute position in the BBC Northern orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic). He has played with most of the major British orchestras, including the BBC Northern (Philharmonic), Sadlers Wells Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has played and recorded with chamber music ensembles, including the Melos Ensemble., Nash Ensemble, Vesuvius Ensemble, Prometheus Ensemble and English Baroque Ensemble .
As a soloist he has had partnerships with harpsichordist George Malcolm (with whom he recorded the complete Bach flute sonatas and Mozart concertos) and with pianist Clifford Benson and harpist Osian Ellis, with whom he has recorded extensively. In his solo recordings he has partnered Yehudi Menuhin, the Grumiaux Trio, I Musici, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra, and has also recorded with artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Wynton Marsalis. He has made over 100 CDs as a soloist. He has received international acclaim and enthusiastic reviews in record and CD journals. Early in his career he made the first English recording of the complete Handel flute sonatas with Harold Lester, and of contemporary works including Boulez's Sonatine, Berio's Sequenza, Messiaen's Merle Noir, and Richard Rodney Bennett's Winter Music (which was specially written for him.)
In addition to recording the standard flute repertoire of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc., he has made pioneer recordings of many neglected 19th century works, such as music by Ries, Romberg, and Taffanel. He premiered concertos by William Mathias, Diana Burrell and Venezuelan composer Raimundo Pineda, all of which were specially written for him. He has his own record label, "Beep Records". In the 1980s, he was Professor of Flute at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany, and he now teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at masterclasses all over the world. His highly acclaimed International Flute Summer School has enjoyed 35 years of success.
Personal life
Usually known by his initials, WIBB, Bennett has two daughters from his first marriage in 1961 to cellist Rhuna Martin. His eldest daughter, Vanora Bennett, is a writer; his younger daughter is an Arabist, who works as a translator for the international organizations. In 1981, he remarried Michie, a fellow flautist who is now producer and director of Beep Records; they have one son, Timothy, a Sinologist. Michie has run the International Flute Summer School for 35 years.
Having grown up in a family circle of artists and painters, Bennett is a talented artist and cartoonist who draws with great pleasure and designs many of his own album covers.
Musical style
His playing is distinguished by his wide repertoire (baroque to through classical and romantic to contemporary). His playing is also distinguished by his wide range of tone colours, which he developed through his association with the guitar and his wish to emulate the changing colours used by the guitarist Julian Bream. He also studied composition at music college, having already written a sonatina for flute and piano whilst at school, and then a concerto for flute, clarinet and strings before he was 18. His compositional skills have aided him in writing numerous realisations of continuo parts, in composing several cadenzas for classical concertos, (which can be heard on his recordings), and in making many arrangements for the flute of important pieces which were originally written for other instruments.
Awards and recognition
In 1984 he was given the title of Professor by the District of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
In 1987 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2002 he was awarded the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2003 he was appointed the British Flute Society's Flautist Laureate. In 2004 he was awarded the title of Flute of Gold from the Italian Falaut Flute society. In 2007 he was made Honorary President of the Guangzhou Flute Association, China. In 2009 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Flute Club. He is President of the British Flute Society. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in January 1995 for his distinguished Services to Music. In 2018 he was awarded The COBBETT Medal by the Musician's Company.
William Bennett scale
In addition to making a balalaika and a guitar whilst still at school, his dissatisfaction with the intonation of his flute led him to start altering the position of the tone holes of his flute when he was 18 years old. He invented the tuning patch, and then built his own flute at 20. He has been working to improve the scale of the flute ever since, and his continued work, in collaboration with other British flautists and makers, has helped to improve the intonation of the modern flute. There are many makers who have used the William Bennett scales : Altus Flute, Jupiter Flute, Jack Moore Flute, Almeida Flute, Tom Green Flute, Miguel Arista Flute, Juan Arista Flute, Emmanuel Flute, Emerson Flute, Yamaha (Student model) Flute, Jonathan Landell Flute, Tom Lacy Flute, Andrew Oxley Flute, Webb & Wessel Flute and recently Eloy Flute, Gemeinhart Flute and Burkart Flute.
My Favorite Encores (Southern Music)
Paul Taffanel: Mignon Fantasie (Southern Music)
J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Flute and Keyboard (Vol. 1 and 2) (Chester)
Sir Arthur Sullivan Twilight for 2 Flutes and Piano (Emerson Edition)
Paul A. Genin: Air Napolitain (Alry Publications)
Faure: Fantaisie for 2 Flutes and Piano (Alry Publications)
J.S. Bach: Sinfonia Cantata No.209 (Pan Educational Music)
Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat. for 2 Flutes and Piano (Alry Publications)
C.Benson : Song for Wibb (Pan Educational Music)
W.A.Mozart: Adagio and Rondo (Pan Educational Music)
Paul Taffanel : Jean de Nivelle (Broekmans & Van Poppel B.V)
Paul Taffanel : Francesca di Rimini (Broekmans & Van Poppel B.V)
"Wibb" A Flute for Life by Edward Blakeman ( Tony Bingham )
Too numerous to list here. For a more comprehensive list—Visit – ( )
Beep records
BEEP 27: Works for Flute and Piano – Taffanel: Operatic Fantasies – William Bennett, flute, & Clifford Benson, piano.
BEEP 28: Live at Wigmore Hall – Works for Flute and Piano – Bach, Mozart, Schubert. Mendelssohn, Ries. Reinecke – William Bennett, flute, Clifford Benson, piano
BEEP 29: Works for Flute and Orchestra by Nielsen, Reinecke, Dvořák, Sibelius and Elgar – William Bennett, flute, English Chamber Orchestra, Shuntaro Sato, conductor.
BEEP 30: Caprice Parisien – Works for Flute and Guitar – Ibert. Massenet. Debussy etc.- William Bennett, flute, Jonathan Leathwood, guitar.
BEEP 31: Works for Flute and Orchestra – Haydn. Hanson. Honneger. Griffes. Kennan. Foote – William Bennett, flute, English Chamber Orchestra, Shuntaro Sato & Nicholas Cleobury, conductors.
BEEP 32: Flute Quintets with Allegri String Quartet – Romberg, Jan Brandts Buys – William Bennett, flute, Allegri String Quartet.
BEEP 33: Four Concertos for a New Era – Burrell, Mathias, Musgrave & Pineda – William Bennett, flute, English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raimundo Pineda & Richard Bernas.
BEEP 34: Mountains Toward the Sea – Works for Flute and Guitar – Beaser, Coste, Dodgson, Molino, Takemitsu – William Bennett, flute, Jonathan Leathwood, guitar.
BEEP 35: Works by Mozart for Flute and orchestra, including Flute & Harp Concerto, Rondo, Andante in C and Concerto for Basset Flute – William Bennett, flute, Marisa Robles, harp, English Chamber Orchestra, directed by William Bennett.
BEEP 36: Bach Concertos for Flute and two Flutes – works by Rameau, Gluck, Beethoven, Haydn – William Bennett, flute, Denis Bouriakov, flute, English Chamber Orchestra, directed by William Bennett.
BEEP 37: William Bennett's Melodies and Encores – Brahms, Chopin, Elgar, Mendelssohn, etc. – William Bennett, flute, Clifford Benson, piano.
BEEP 38: Great Works for Flute and Piano – Schubert, Frank, Hahn, Dohnanyi, Prokofiev – William Bennett, flute, and Clifford Benson, piano.
BEEP 39: Flute Concertos by CPE Bach in D major and D minor and Telemann concertos for two flutes and strings -William Bennett, flute, and Unji Chung, flute & flute tierce, English Chamber Orchestra & London Octave, directed by William Bennett.
BEEP 40: Sibelius Concerto, Bach Chaconne Kreisler, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns – Denis Bouriakov, flute, Robin Davis, piano.
BEEP 41: Mel Bonis Sonata, Brahms Waltzes – William Bennett, flute, John Lenahan, piano, Lorna McGhee, flute, Emma Halnan, alto flute and flute.
BEEP 42 Debussy Sonata – Lorna McGhee, flute, Piers Lane, piano.
External links
Official website
William Bennett – Royal Academy of Music
William Bennet – IMDB
National libraries
France (data)
United States
Czech Republic
Faceted Application of Subject Terminology
MusicBrainz artist
Social Networks and Archival Context
SUDOC (France)
William Bennett (flautist)
William Bennett (flautist) William Bennett (flautist)
William Bennett (flautist) William Bennett (flautist) William Bennett (flautist)
William Bennett (flautist) search
searchWilliam Bennett (flautist) search
William Bennett (flautist) dies
William Bennett (flautist) funeral details
William Bennett (flautist) funeral notice
William Bennett (flautist) funeral service
William Bennett (flautist) life story
why did William Bennett (flautist) die?
who was William Bennett (flautist) married to?
who were William Bennett (flautist)'s children?
was William Bennett (flautist) gay?
where did William Bennett (flautist) live?
where did William Bennett (flautist) work?
where did William Bennett (flautist) go to school?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s criminal history?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s phone number?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s email address?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s social security number?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s blood type?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s eye color?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s favorite food?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s favorite movie?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s favorite band?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s favorite colour?
what crimes was William Bennett (flautist) convicted of?
who attended William Bennett (flautist)'s funeral?
how tall was William Bennett (flautist)?
how old was William Bennett (flautist)?
how much did William Bennett (flautist) weigh?
how much money did William Bennett (flautist) have?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s net worth?
was William Bennett (flautist) ever married?
what was William Bennett (flautist)'s IQ?
what was the reason for William Bennett (flautist)'s death?
was William Bennett (flautist) 's nickname?
is William Bennett (flautist) really dead?
when did William Bennett (flautist) die?
where did William Bennett (flautist) die?
what was the cause of William Bennett (flautist)'s death?
when is William Bennett (flautist)'s funeral?
where will William Bennett (flautist)'s funeral be held?
William Bennett (flautist) bereavement
William Bennett (flautist) casualty
William Bennett (flautist) cessation
William Bennett (flautist) curtains
William Bennett (flautist) darkness
William Bennett (flautist) decease
William Bennett (flautist) demise
William Bennett (flautist) departure
William Bennett (flautist) destruction
William Bennett (flautist) dissolution
William Bennett (flautist) downfall
William Bennett (flautist) dying
William Bennett (flautist) end
William Bennett (flautist) ending
William Bennett (flautist) eradication
William Bennett (flautist) euthanasia
William Bennett (flautist) exit
William Bennett (flautist) cause of death
William Bennett (flautist) how she died
William Bennett (flautist) when she died
William Bennett (flautist) where she died
William Bennett (flautist) how he died
William Bennett (flautist) when he died
William Bennett (flautist) where he died
William Bennett (flautist) suicide
William Bennett (flautist) death
William Bennett (flautist) by her own hand
William Bennett (flautist) by his own hand
William Bennett (flautist) gunshot
William Bennett (flautist) murder
William Bennett (flautist) robbery
William Bennett (flautist) stabbing
William Bennett (flautist) car accident
William Bennett (flautist) drowning
William Bennett (flautist) paper cut
William Bennett (flautist) accident
William Bennett (flautist) crash
William Bennett (flautist) depression
William Bennett (flautist) mental illness
William Bennett (flautist) cancer
William Bennett (flautist) expiration
William Bennett (flautist) extermination
William Bennett (flautist) extinction
William Bennett (flautist) fatality
William Bennett (flautist) finis
William Bennett (flautist) divorce
William Bennett (flautist) alcoholism
William Bennett (flautist) brain tumor
William Bennett (flautist) lung cancer
William Bennett (flautist) naked photos
William Bennett (flautist) porn movie
William Bennett (flautist) last words
William Bennett (flautist) last meal
William Bennett (flautist) christian faith
William Bennett (flautist) christian worship
did William Bennett (flautist) go to heaven
did William Bennett (flautist) go to hell
does jesus love William Bennett (flautist)
William Bennett (flautist) ex husband
William Bennett (flautist) ex wife
William Bennett (flautist) pet names
William Bennett (flautist) finish
William Bennett (flautist) grave
William Bennett (flautist) heaven
William Bennett (flautist) loss
William Bennett (flautist) mortality
William Bennett (flautist) necrosis
William Bennett (flautist) obliteration
William Bennett (flautist) oblivion
William Bennett (flautist) paradise
William Bennett (flautist) parting
William Bennett (flautist) passing
William Bennett (flautist) quietus
William Bennett (flautist) release
William Bennett (flautist) repose
William Bennett (flautist) ruin
William Bennett (flautist) ruination
William Bennett (flautist) silence
William Bennett (flautist) sleep
William Bennett (flautist) termination
William Bennett (flautist) tomb
William Bennett (flautist) eternal rest
William Bennett (flautist) grim reaper
William Bennett (flautist) passing over
William Bennett (flautist) obituary
William Bennett (flautist) legacy
who killed William Bennett (flautist)?
what killed William Bennett (flautist)?
where was William Bennett (flautist) killed?
where was William Bennett (flautist) murdered?
how old was William Bennett (flautist)?
how dead was William Bennett (flautist)?
William Bennett (flautist) سبب الوفاة
William Bennett (flautist) doodsoorzaak
William Bennett (flautist) cause de décès
William Bennett (flautist) Todesursache
William Bennett (flautist) causa di morte
William Bennett (flautist) 死
William Bennett (flautist) причина смерти
William Bennett (flautist) causa de la muerte
William Bennett (flautist) dödsorsak