The Parkes Shire will welcome internationally acclaimed concert soloist Australian-French flutist, Ms. Jane Rutter Chevalière des Arts et Lettres, as the Parkes Shire's 2022 Australia Day Ambassador.

Jane is an expert in the French Flute School and is a major influence in classical music. Known for her onstage warmth, she brilliantly conveys passion, sparkling technique and elegance of expression through her beautiful flute playing.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Music, Jane is an award-winning TV presenter and multi-ARIA (Australian Grammy) nominee who has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and on the same bill as Pavarotti, Carreras, The Manhattan Transfer, Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Crawford and many others.

Jane is renowned for her relaxed onstage charm and musical imagination, and is also an inspiring music education and lecturer, lecturing in performance pedagogy, flute and chamber music. She spends time on environmental issues, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, she created a series of online meditations to assist those with stress.

An Australia Day Ambassador and one of Who Magazine’s 30 Most Beautiful People, Jane is also in demand as an Artistic Director and composer. Her Live at Lunch series at The Concourse, Chatswood is one of Australia’s most successful concert series. Jane has been featured on 60 Minutes, and in Vogue Magazine, and is a household name in Australia.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said, "We are honoured to have Ms Rutter attend our special Australia Day activities at Peak Hill and Parkes, as well as present the Citizenship, Cultural and Sporting Awards during the official ceremonies. We look forward to hearing about Jane's worldwide experiences, travels and performances."

Residents and visitors are encouraged to join any of the celebrations held across the Parkes Shire. More information about 2022 Australia Day events in the Parkes Shire will be available on the Visit Parkes website at www.visitparkes.com.au in the coming week.