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.

Isabelle Ashton discovered her love for music when she started playing the piano aged 6 and soon after she started playing the flute aged 8. In 2015 Issy achieved a distinction in her ABRSM Grade 8 piano (130/150) and Grade 8 flute (142/150). At age 14 she won a place at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, and was made principal of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra and joint principal flute of the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, as well as getting a seat in the National Youth Wind Orchestra for the year of 2015. Issy owes a lot to these places for her musical development, and feels that they helped boost her confidence and taught her about orchestral playing in particular. In 2015 she joined Chetham's School of Music for her A level years, where she studied flute with Linda Verrier and Fiona Fulton. At Chethams Issy had plenty of opportunity for solo, chamber and orchestral playing and over her two years there, she partook in many solo concerts, both outside and inside school, as well as improving her chamber playing with her guitar and flute duo, which she hopes to continue with her partner in London! Issy was principal of the Chethams Chamber and Chethams Symphony Orchestras, learning about and playing in all types of music, from Mahler symphonies to Haydn's Creation. During her time there she also played in master classes to many professional flute players, who are massive inspirations to her. These include Robert Winn, Adam Walker, Katherine Bryan, Gareth Davies, Kate Hill, Mike Cox and more. One of Isabelle’s biggest achievements so far was winning a place in the National Youth Orchestra for the year of 2015/6, bringing her amazing opportunities and experiences, including playing in the BBC proms and working with world renowned conductors such as Ed Gardner and Kristjan Järvi. Issy is over the moon to be starting her course at the Royal College of Music, as it has always been a dream of hers to study there and she can't wait to see where the next 4 years take her.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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