Elizabeth ChildsElizabeth is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied flute with Gareth Morris and piano with Graeme Humphrey. Whilst at the RAM she performed regularly with all the orchestras, and was also engaged in many internal and external teaching projects, a subject that has always interested her a great deal. For Elizabeth the teaching of her students extends far beyond the turning up to a lesson each week and she believes in a totally holistic approach. International engagements have taken her to the USA and to many parts of Europe, and she has performed extensively throughout the UK as soloist, recitalist and orchestral player. Elizabeth’s career started in Bristol but in December 1988 she moved to Scotland in order for her husband to take up a Cathedral Organist position. Elizabeth became principal flute with the Sinfonia of Scotland, Dundee Opera and Dundee and Perth Light Operatic Company which complimented her work for both ‘Travel Scotland’ alongside a busy teaching schedule. Elizabeth has recorded programmes for the Open University and other children’s programmes and gives Organ duo recitals with her husband.
Elizabeth has a broad and extensive teaching career and is in demand as a flute tutor. She is in much demand as an Adjudicator both at home and abroad. She also directs The Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble which have undertaken concert tours to Brugge, Germany and The Netherlands, as well as reaching the final of the Flutewise/ABRSM Flute Choirs Competition in July 2017. Liz is also flautist in Quintessimo (www.quintessimo.com) which performs regularly and which is also in demand for functions and concerts Elizabeth has also undertaken some voluntary work with many young flautists in Nairobi which culminated in some well received concerts. She is also a full member of the ISM, a committee member of the Hitchin Festival of the Arts and the local Bedfordshire Representative for The British Flute Society.
Elizabeth is very much looking forward to her third trip to Sligo and wishes everyone well in their preparations.