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ABOUT

Ruth Ayres Professional Musician - Flautist Flute Player Flutist and Pianist

Hello and Thanks for Dropping By!

I’m an experienced classically trained professional musician based in the UK.

  • Early Beginnings: My musical journey began on piano at 4 years of age, violin at 7 and flute at 14. I won a scholarship at 9 to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Junior Conservatoire. There, I had the privilege of studying alongside members of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout my childhood, I regularly performed for BBC Cymru and BBC 3 Radio and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama: At 17, I secured a scholarship to train as a professional musician at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.  

  • Legendary Mentors: I continued my musical education by studying flute with the renowned Jean Pierre Rampal in Paris and piano with Peter Katin in London. However over the years I have benefited from learning with many famous players such as Edward Beckett, Trevor Wye, James Galway, Yehudi Menuhin, Douglas Townshend and Murray Perahia (just a few!)

  • Teaching and Playing: I have worked at several top public schools in the UK including Harrow, Bedford and Sherbourne, performed in the West End and freelanced with  London based UK orchestras, the BBC radio Symphony Orchestra and for BBC Cymru as a soloist. I have also freelanced with Spanish, Italian and German orchestras (pre Brexit.)

  • Further Study:  Later in my career I studied Psychology of Music & Educational Psychology at the University of London, University of Surrey, and Sheffield University. I use my knowledge of performance psychology to help my students overcome stage fright and performance anxiety.

  • Other Work Experience: I’ve contributed to institutions like the University of London, Great Ormond St Hospital, NHS Grampian, and various English and Scottish councils in research. As a Music Examiner and SEN OfSTED Inspector, I’ve also learned about many different ways of learning and teaching from other teachers. 

  • Today: I mainly freelance with UK orchestras on flute and violin and work remotely as a studio musician recording for the film, TV and computer gaming industry. I also teach part time & offer a highly detailed video performance feedback assessment service.

 

Qualifications and Affiliations:

  • Master Of Arts (Distinction)

  • AGSM (Commendation)

  • LRAM (Performance)

  • LTCL (Teaching)

  • Ad Dip Ed (Distinction)

 

I’m a member of several professional organizations such as the European Piano Teachers Association, The British Flute Society and the Independent Society of Musicians.

If you are seeking a music teacher to elevate your skills, a studio musician for recording or live events, or an orchestral stand in, I can help you reach the next level!

 BBC Cymru Soloist, Ruth Ayres Harris recently moved near Turrif in Aberdeenshire and is offering live studio and remote session work and performances on flute and piano for local castle weddings

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