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Issy Ashton

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London based flautist studying at the Royal College of Music with Gitte Marcusson. Previously studied at Chethams and played in the NYO.
Flautist
London

Isabelle Ashton is an undergraduate scholar student at the Royal College of Music in London, studying Flute with Gitte Marcusson. She is a Baring Foundation Award holder. Prior to her time at the RCM, Isabelle learnt in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music, studying with Linda Verrier, Belinda Gough and Fiona Fulton. She also attended Birmingham Junior Conservatoire on Saturdays from the age of 14-16, with Sandy Hay. Isabelle has participated in masterclasses with leading flautists such as Katherine Bryan, Adam Walker, Robert Winn, Gareth Davies, Mike Cox and Kate Hill. Isabelle has performed with the National Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. She has played in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as playing for world-renowned conductors such as Edward Gardner, Kristjan Järvi and Nicholos Collon. Isabelle also has a passion for tutoring, having gained her ABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction in 2019. She has a private practice, coaching students of all ages from beginner to advanced standard, in flute, piccolo, piano and music theory. She has helped pupils audition successfully for Chetham's School of Music and has a 100% ABRSM pass rate. Alongside private tutoring, Isabelle has spent the last few years leading and assisting in outreach workshops. This has ranged from classes with toddlers, using music-making to improve their confidence and communication skills, to aiding GCSE and A-Level students with their compositions and performances in schools around London. Isabelle is an advocate for the power of music and loves to bring the joy of it to as many people as she can. Isabelle also loves to play chamber music and has been working alongside her harpist, Maria McNamee, in the Marissa Duo for 5 years. They have performed across London, and offer weddings, private functions and concerts as well as education work, often playing as a trio with Viola as well. Isabelle is located between Leicestershire and London, travelling up and down the country for her work and studies. She is preparing for her final year at the Royal College of Music, hoping to later study a Masters in the Psychology of Music.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Folk, Pop, Acoustic, Easy listening, Light music, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Ambient pop
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Community music worker
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Song list

FLUTE SOLO
Amirov - 6 pieces
Bach - Sonatas
Beethoven - Serenade
Boehm - Fantasie sur un air de Schubert
Borne - Carmen
Chaminade - Concertino
Copland - Duo
Debussy - L'Àpres-midi
Enescu - Cantabile et presto
Gade - Tango
Ganne - Andante & Scherzo
Gaubert - Fantasie
Godard - Suite
Griffes- Poem
Harty - In Ireland
Hüe - Fantasie
Karg-Elert - Sinfonische Canzone
Martinu - Sonata
Mozart - G major and D major concerto
Prokofiev - Sonata
Reinecke - Concerto
Taktakishvilli - Sonata
Widor - Suite
This is some of my main and most recent repertoire. There are also many other melodies and solo pieces.
HARP AND FLUTE (The Marissa Duo)
Wedding duo music (classical):
Bach - Air on a G String
Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Delibes -The Flower Duet from 'Lakme'
Faure - Pavane
Gluck - Danach of the Blessed Spirits
Gounod - Ave Maria
Handel - Air from Water Music
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Saint-Saens - The Swan
Saint-Saens - Softly Awakes my Heart from 'Samson and Delilah'
Wagner - Bridal Chorus
We are able to play most pop/song requests for weddings, some examples below.
Moon River
Charlie Chaplin - Smile
Toy Story - When Somebody Loved Me
Somewhere from 'Westside'
Over the Rainbow
River Flows in You
Sinatra- Fly me to the moon
Ed Sheehan - Perfect
Read all about it - Emelie Sande
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in many venues around London, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. My Harpist and I have also performed at events in Greenwich at the Painted Hall and St Alfeges Church.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

That would have to be the BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra of GB!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure events run as smoothly as possible. I would never double book myself on an event day, so I can leave room for last minute timetable changes. If anything changes in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

As a solo player, 1 hour is sufficient before the performance time. With a harpist, 1.5 hours would be appreciated, to tune the instrument before you guests arrive.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! If you'd like a pianist to accompany the flute, I can supply a keyboard. I also work with a Harpist (The Marissa Duo) and we would provide all the equipment.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included on my set list, there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like to be played I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £20 for this service to take into account extra practice time. We can also have a Skype consultation with this price to talk through what you'd like.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£40
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£250
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£300
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£20

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Gitte M, 11 months ago

Issy played in a Christmas concert I organised in 2019. She is a highly accomplished flute player, always delivering to a professional standard. I can warmly recommend her for her lyrical and energetic playing as well as her lovely personality.

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Nick P, 1 year ago

An opportunity arose via a friend in her final year student at Cambridge University, to record any musical work, with the offer of a three hour recording session and subsequent editing as part of her final year work. With only ten day’s notice, I booked Issy Ashton and the pianist Joseph Cummings, who had barely enough time to work on the piece before the day of the recording. As an added pressure, on arrival at the studio one of the two recording engineers told me that the equipment would not work properly, so he left to rush home and grab his own mixing desk. By the time he had returned, the other engineer had just managed to get it up and running, but we now only had half the original time to rehearse and record! Issy and Joe had managed to meet up the previous week to run through the work; the challenge for both of them being that it is not a well-known work, so there were no previous recordings to listen to, and not a wealth of previous performances to weigh up and interpret. Each movement was rehearsed for about 15 minutes and then recorded; the first movement was recorded in three different sections to save time for the pianist, who had to rush back to London; the middle section being a flute cadenza. From my point of view, as the composer of the work, it was a very moving experience to hear Issy’s interpretation of the music. Although she had commissioned it when aged 15, she had yet not felt ready to do it justice and the sudden opportunity to make the recording meant a lot of preparation compressed into a fairly short lead time. Nonetheless it is a very good performance of the work as conceived, and an ideal recording to represent the ideals which Issy requested at the time of the commission, and which I realised in the composition. I have known Issy since she was a young beginner, but our paths had not crossed musically since she had left the area to study at the Royal College of Music. The standard of professionalism she brought to the recording session, coupled with her interpretation of the work, left me in no doubt as to her ability to hold her own in the flute world, so much so that I have arranged for the work to be orchestrated, with Issy publicly premiering it in November of this year, with a small symphony orchestra. Nick Planas, August 2020