flute teacher Letchworth
Emma Halnan flute teacher Letchworth flautist

Emma Halnan

Since winning the woodwind category of the BBC Young Musician competition in 2010, flautist Emma Halnan has been in high demand for her solo and collaborative performances in the UK and internationally.

As a concerto soloist, Emma has performed with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Welsh Sinfonia. She has performed live on BBC television and radio, including on Radio 3’s “In Tune” on multiple occasions. In recital, Emma has performed at venues/festivals including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, Hertfordshire Festival of Music, Lake District Summer Music Festival, St. David’s Hall, and Konzertgut Lucklum (Germany). Emma’s flute/viola/harp trio (the Aurora Trio) released their debut album on EM Records in 2021. Emma is also a member of the Assembly Project and the Tailleferre Ensemble, and has given recitals with ensembles such as the Eblana String Trio and Emma Johnson & Friends.

As an orchestral flautist and piccolo player, Emma has worked with ensembles including the London Mozart Players, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera and English National Opera. Emma also plays historical flutes, freelancing with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including BBC Proms), Gabrieli Consort and the Hanover Band. She was principal flute of the European Union Youth Orchestra 2014-16, and has toured with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

Emma enjoys commissioning new works; composers who have written for Emma include Sir Karl Jenkins, David Matthews, James Francis Brown, Martin Bussey and Robert Peate.

Emma’s other awards and prizes include the Royal Overseas League Competition (Sussex Prize for Woodwind), the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award (first prize), “Making Music”Young Artist scheme, Royal Academy of Music Piccolo Prize, Hattori Foundation, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Kenneth Loveland Gift. Emma is also a City Music Foundation artist.

Emma is a highly reputed flute teacher; she teaches at Wells Cathedral School and Cambridge University as well as privately. She has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban, and taught on courses including the international Oxford Flute Summer School and the National School’s Symphony Orchestra.

Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett, Kate Hill, Patricia Morris and Lisa Beznosiuk, and previously with Anna Pope at the Purcell School of Music, where she won the Fenton Leavers’ Award. She later studied privately with Robert Winn. She has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in the Academy’s 2024 Honours; this is awarded to alumni of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession.

Emma holds both British and Irish passports.


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