IT'S early morning in Paris and Jane Rutter is getting ready to play Bach's Baroque Sonatas for audiences in the City of Light.
Ms Rutter moved to Paris as an 18-year-old to study the flute with two of the instrument's great luminaries: Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.
"It was the making of me," she said.
Ms Rutter is not your average flute player. She is renowned for her classical, multi-media and cabaret performances, and for making classical music look fun and sexy.
She is a trailblazer who has taken classical music to places previously unheard of, and paved the way for many.
She is one of the world's leading exponents of the Rampal School of French flute playing.
Now dividing her time between Sydney and Paris, Ms Rutter is touring her latest album and show titled French Kiss. It comprises songs by French composers and her favourite music from France.
The album includes classic tunes such as Valse de'l Adieu by Chopin and Romance by Debussy, but also So In Love by Cole Porter, Chanson hindou (Hindu Song) by Rimsky-Korsakov and Hungarian Serenade by Joncieres.
"This album came about because I made a film and album called An Australian in Paris," Ms Rutter said.
An Australian in Paris (released by ABC Classic in 2012), described Ms Rutter's life as a young student in France for four years.
"And as the soundtrack went to number one, the record company asked me if I would do a follow-up album so French Kiss is the little sister of An Australian in Paris," Ms Rutter said.
The French Kiss show is different to the album, with some surprise tunes included in the 90-minute performance (with interval).
"I like to feel as if my audiences are in a journey with me. The concert is definitely appealing to young players and even children over six or seven years of age," Ms Rutter said.
"It is an accessible concert. It is not difficult music to listen to."
Jane Rutter is performing the final concert in the Northern Rivers Conservatorium 'Catch The Vibe' series at Lismore City Hall on Thursday, June 26, at 7.30pm. To book visit lismorecityhall.com.au or call 1300 066 772.
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