Flautist Hannah Gillingham is a first year Master of Performance scholar at The Royal College of Music and studies flute with both Sue Thomas and Gitte Marcusson and piccolo with Stewart McIlwham, generously supported by the Dasha Shenkman Scholarship. She also completed her undergraduate studies at the RCM and was awarded a First Class Honours degree, alongside the 2020 Flute Prize in the annual RCM Woodwind Competition. Last year she took part in RCM’s side-by-side scheme with the English National Opera (ENO Evolve) and her wind quintet was invited to perform at Wigmore Hall (sadly postponed due to Covid). Hannah has taken part in masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud, Sam Coles, Kate Hill, Robert Winn and Adam Walker. She played in the NYO from 2015-17 – performing in two BBC Proms concerts, touring France, and recording Holst’s ‘The Planets’ with Edward Gardner.
As part of the Masters programme this year, Hannah has been principal flute in the RCM Philharmonic conducted by Jac Van Steen, a Malcolm Arnold centenary concert conducted by Daniel Hogan, and has also played first flute in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, accompanying a masterclass with Maxim Vengerov. She is delighted to be able to return home to Oxford to play Reinecke’s Flute Concerto with the Oxford Studio Orchestra.