Tutors for 2019

The tutors for 2019 include Paul Edmund-Davies, Ian Clarke, Wissam Boustany, Gitte Marcusson, Ruth Morley, Lee Holland and Lis Dooner.  On piano we have Scott Mitchell, Claire Haslin and Michael Bawtree.  Read more about them here!


Paul Edmund-Davies established his international reputation as flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra and then five years at the Philharmonia Orchestra.

For the last 18 years Paul has toured extensively, giving recitals, classes and performing concerti in America, Europe, Canada, Australasia, the Middle East and the Far East.

In June 2007 his book, ‘The 28 Day Warm up Book for all Flautists…eventually!’ was first published. This 150 page, now in its tenth edition, has been translated into Japanese, Spanish and Russian and has reached most corners of the world.

As a result of the success of this book, Paul has now launched an online educational website with Pasha Mansurov. Simply Flute (www.simplyflute.com) is a website dedicated to providing instruction and exercises to help flute players of all stages and ages on their respective musical journeys.

His latest book, ‘A Consequence of Sequences’, was published in February this year and has already been translated into Japanese and published in Japan.

Paul has also played on many Hollywood blockbuster film soundtracks, From Star Wars and the early Harry Potter films to Mission Impossible, Interstellar, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Victoria and Abdul, A Simple Favour and next year’s Blockbuster movie Godzilla: King of Monsters! He will also be appearing in the film, The Aeronauts in 2019.

He is very honoured to be Officier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.


Danish flautist Gitte Marcusson divides her time between Sweden and London where she is Professor of Flute at the Royal College of Music.

Gitte is a devoted and passionate teacher who, in addition to her professorship at RCM, has cared for hundreds of students worldwide in her London-based studio. She has taught many of today’s outstanding flautists, such as Katherine Bryan, Principal Flute of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Adam Walker, Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra; Alex Jakeman, Principal Flute of the BBC Philharmonic and Joshua Batty, recently appointed principal flute of Sidney Symphony Orchestra.

Before her appointment as Flute Professor at RCM she taught at Chethams School of Music for 16 years. She frequently visits conservatories and specialist music schools throughout Europa and is part of the faculty at Wildacres flute retreat in North Carolina, USA. She is founder of Nordic Flute International Summer School which has its base in Vänersborg, Sweden, where she is director of music at a specialist music school.

As a student Gitte Marcusson moved to Manchester to study flute with Trevor Wye and Clare Southworth, and later to London to have lessons with Patricia Lynden, Patricia Morris and Rachel Brown.

In London she established herself as a busy orchestral player performing with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Her commitment to chamber music shows in the vast numbers of performances at societies and festivals throughout Europe. One of her 500 concerts for “Live Music Now” was a performance at Buckingham Palace celebrating Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

From 2000 to 2010 Gitte was co-principal with Camerata Calluna Chamber Orchestra, with whom she recorded for Naxos playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto.

Ian Clarke TutorIAN CLARKE

Ian Clarke is acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world. His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from the South Bank to Glastonbury. These works are establishing themselves as some of the most exciting flute repertoire of today and are being embraced by internationally acclaimed performers, teachers, colleges & students alike.

Ian has performed as a guest soloist for the British Flute Society including the Third International Flute Convention, Manchester, as one of their ‘renowned artists’ at their 20th Century flute day in 2001 and appeared at the 2006 BFS international convention. He made his international debut as guest soloists at the NFA’s 2001 International Flute Convention, Dallas. Following on from this Ian was the guest artist at the 2003 Hungarian National Flute Event and a headline artist in the 2005 NFA convention in San Diego. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Northern and Trinity College of Music and has regularly been invited to perform & lead workshops for ‘Flutewise’ and numerous other flute events around the country. Ian has been a regular visitor to several of the leading Summer Schools. 2005 saw the release of his long awaited CD ‘WithinÉ’, now critically acclaimed and one of the flute world’s best sellers.

A prize-winning student, Ian studied with Simon Hunt, Averil Williams and Kate Lukas of the Guildhall School of Music, London. He concurrently studied Mathematics at Imperial College, London graduating with Honours. Ian is professor of flute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Ian works extensively with musician/composer Simon Painter writing, producing and performing music for film & television under the name of Diva Music with numerous recordings between them and applications from Microsoft to Oprah Winfrey! – www.divamusic.co.uk

Ian is an International Miyazawa Flute Endorsee


Wissam Boustany is one of only a few flautists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam Boustany is a performer who inspires audiences with his energetic and communicative music-making. His flute has taken him on numerous tours to Europe, the Middle-East, Far East, USA and Latin America, where he continues to present many concerts, master-classes and workshops.

He embraces a wide repertoire, and has developed a keen interest in introducing the music of today within the context of imaginative program planning, which combines the innovative with the traditional. Amongst the composers who have written for him: Beat Furrer, Alun Hoddinott, Simon Holt, Tarek Younis, Carl Witt and Boghos Gelalian. He has also given the world prebmieres of Paul Reade’s Concerto, Walid Howrani’s Life Cycle, Peter Cowdrey’s Land of the Prophets and Carl Witt’s This Invisible World. As an orchestral musician, Wissam Boustany was closely associated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the early 1980s, with whom he appeared as soloist on the award winning Deutsche Gramophone recording of ‘Il Viaggio a Rheims’. Three solo CDs are currently also available: Wandering Winds, Sounds from Within and Vivaldi’s Children.

Born in Lebanon, Wissam Boustany began his musical studies in Beirut with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music & the Royal Northern College of Music. Throughout his career, Wissam has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He was also the Silver Medalist in the Shell/LSO Competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first ‘BBC Young Musician of the Year’.

His experience of the war in Lebanon greatly influenced his outlook on Life and Music, and he seeks to promote the ideal of Peace wherever his flute takes him. He has started “TOWARDS HUMANITY”, a multi-decade initiative using music as a catalyst to help heal the violence in many parts of the world, which was inaugurated at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in February 1995. TOWARDS HUMANITY works closely with charities and institutions in areas suffering from the tragedy of war, exposing their cultures and creativity rather than the more shameful qualities of mankind. Wissam Boustany’s communicative, energetic and sincere music making have inspired many audiences and musicians around the world.


Ruth Morley divides her time mainly between playing with Red Note Ensemble and teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also plays recitals with pianist Scott Mitchell and with Echo Chamber Ensemble, and teaches for Douglas Academy Music School. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, and has performed as a guest with various ensembles including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble and as concerto soloist with London Concertante.

As a soloist and chamber musician Ruth appears regularly at various festivals and concert series including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sound, St Magnus, Bath, Warwick, Manchester Mid Day Concerts and Glasgow University. Recent work includes a recital and master class series in Slovenia and premiere performances of music by Bill Sweeney, Brian Irvine and Laurent Cuniot with Red Note Ensemble and the Orchestre d’Auvergne for Sound Festival and Musiques Démesurées in France. Other Red Note projects have included Pass the Spoon with Magnetic North Theatre Company, David Fennessy and David Shrigley, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Philip Glass in the Concorde hangar and performances of Stephen Montague’s 3 Fables in Scotland and London as part of the first PRS New Music Biennale.

She worked for many years with the Scottish Flute Trio. With them she commissioned and premiered around 25 new chamber works from leading composers such as Thea Musgrave, Sally Beamish, Gordon McPherson, Javier Alvarez, Robert Dick, Edward McGuire, Kenneth Dempster, Joji Hirota and David Fennessy. Much of this work was in collaboration with dancers, writers and visual artists and was produced alongside a programme of projects to get young people writing their own music.

Broadcasting work includes regular appearances on Radio 3, Radio Scotland and she has been a featured artist on Classic FM. She has recorded for the Metier Label, Seven Things and Natural Studio Records, and most recently a new CD of chamber music by Edward McGuire with Red Note Ensemble for Delphian.

Ruth’s teachers were Peter Lloyd, David Nicholson, Wissam Boustany and Colin Lilley. She studied at RSAMD and RNCM where she was a Wingate Scholar. She is the founder of The Scottish International Flute Summer School, as was its director until 2015.


Throughout her career Lee Holland has been fascinated by performance psychology, and the difference strengthening the mind by building mental skills, combined with honing your craft can make. As a freelance performing musician herself, Lee has a unique perspective to make connections between her experiences as a performer and her coaching. From her experience she understands that technical skill alone can’t provide performing artists with the strong and consistent performances they strive to achieve.

Lee is currently conducting her own research in the field of performance psychology and music in conjunction with Edinburgh University, completing her MSc in Performance Psychology. Lee also holds a Masters in Performance (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a professional coaching certificate associated with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) through Full Circle Global, Edinburgh.

She has a teaching certificate in Mindfulness from the centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor. Lee teaches Mindfulness at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a weekly basis.


After studying flute in Glasgow with David Nicholson and London with William Bennett, Lis Dooner had a busy freelance career working with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Mozart players, City of London Sinfonia, London Classical Players and Academy of Ancient Music. She returned to Scotland in 1988 to join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with whom she spent 25 happy years. While there she performed alongside major international soloists and conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Alfred Brendel and Emanuel Pahud. Lis has been involved in many chamber music concerts and concertos with the SCO as well as starting “SCO LAB”, an innovative group set up to explore new ways of devising music and to work with musicians from different cultures and disciplines.

Lis is part of the flute department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a busy private teaching practice. She is much in demand as a visiting tutor on flute courses where she has worked alongside Sarah Newbold, Wissam Boustany, Ruth Morley and Ian Clarke. Elisabeth recently visited Bangkok, Thailand, with Sarah Newbold where they delivered a series of highly successful flute workshops. Lis’s interest in baroque music and style, combined with experience in the Dalcroze method of teaching music, make her classes particularly interesting and challenging.


Scotland-based pianist Scott Mitchell has performed extensively as a chamber music pianist and accompanist throughout Great Britain, Europe, South America and the Middle East.

As a recording artist Scott Mitchell has released CDs for Chandos Records, ASV, Collins Classics, Black Box and Tosca Records and has recently recorded Dave Heath’s Piano Concerto, “The Passionate”, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, released on the Freestyle classics label. He is a regular performer on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has also appeared on Channel 4 and the satellite Arts Channel.

In competitions he has been awarded the Lisa Fuchsova Prize for outstanding chamber music pianist and the Eric Rice Memorial Prize for outstanding accompanist, both at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London.

Scott Mitchell is a senior staff accompanist and lecturer in accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) in Glasgow where he also teaches piano at the Junior Department. He is also a member of the accompaniment staff at Napier University in Edinburgh and also one of the founding members of the Cantilena Festival on Islay, a Festival for strings taking place on the island of Islay every summer.


Claire Haslin (piano) comes from Glasgow, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Jean Hutchison. There she won prizes for Solo and Chamber music, including the Peter Morrison Prize for All Round Excellence and represented the Academy in recital tours of Iceland and Russia. Claire then completed the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Paul Roberts, and whilst there was chosen to represent the college in the Paxos Chamber Music Festival. In 1997 she won the prestigious Sir Henry Richardson Award for piano accompaniment, and she has subsequently performed throughout Britain and Europe, including at the Purcell Room (London), the Edinburgh Festival, the Montalcino Festival in Italy and the Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).

Claire is very active both as an instrumental and song accompanist encompassing a wide variety of music, from accompanying Ann Murray at the Vivartes Festival in Surrey and Christine Cairns at an Opera Gala in Ayr, to touring Switzerland with a group of cabaret singers and playing chamber music recitals for music societies throughout Scotland. She is a Crear Scholar, has worked as a repetiteur for Scottish Opera, and holds accompaniment and teaching posts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow University music department, and the music school of Douglas Academy, as well as accompanying the NYCoS Training Choir.


Scottish pianist Andrew Johnston has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Britain and abroad, including concerto performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1, Grieg Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto in Kiev, Ukraine, and more recently Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. He gained his Masters Degree in Musicology in 2006 from the University of Edinburgh and has participated in masterclasses with Norma Fisher, Berndt Goetzke, Leon McCawley, Radoslav Kvapil, Yonty Solomon, Martimo Tirimo and others. Andrew has given masterclasses in Britain and abroad, including a recital and masterclass in Latvia as part of a course on piano pedagogy. In 2009 and 2010 Andrew was on the faculty of the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School.

Andrew performs regularly with ensembles such as the Scots Opera Project and the Lothians Duo. He has also worked with groups like the Edinburgh Quartet, Rose Street Quartet, Calton Consort and Daniel’s Beard. Alongside being Musical Director of the Scots Opera Project, Andrew has recently been working with soprano Colleen Nicoll and tenor David Douglas.

Following a period living and working in London, Andrew has now settled in Perthshire where he has a thriving teaching practise alongside his performing activities. In 2018 he was appointed accompanist for Pitlochry Choral Society, where he also shares conducting duties, most recently in Faure’s Requiem.