Flute performance and teaching

Study
Miranda studied the flute with John Francis from the age of sixteen before entering the Royal College of Music. Whilst there she studied with David Butt and Susan Milan and was awarded an Exhibition and every prize available to flautists, as well as the Dip.RCM Performers’ and Teachers’ diplomas and the Performers’ LRAM. She was selected to study with Geoffrey Gilbert in Florida, USA, where she spent a year also performing at festivals in Aspen, Grand Teton and Sarasota. She has participated in masterclasses with Thomas Nyfenger, Carol Wincenc, Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Louis Moyse, David Shostac, Peter Lloyd and Sebastian Bell.

Performance
She played, during her student days, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh and on leaving the RCM with I Commedianti Opera Orchestra and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. She then spent a year touring with Ashdown Eurhythmy, performing in schools, concert halls and homes for the mentally and physically handicapped around Europe.

Miranda subsequently spent five years as Assistant Principal/Second Flute in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has played for the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Mallorca, and Les Misérables in London’s West End. As soloist and chamber musician she has performed at the Purcell Room, in the World Première of Marcel Bernheim’s Song Cycle, and at St John’s Smith Square, Leighton House, Burgh House, Balliol College Music Society, Oxford, and Jesus College Cambridge. She has made studio recordings for Creative Music Services and Blue Max Studios in Hong Kong.

Miranda plays a Jack Moore flute with an Arista headjoint.

Teaching
Miranda has always been an active and committed teacher and has a thriving practice of flute pupils. She currently teaches at the Perse School for Girls and privately. She has taught at Hindhead School of Music in Surrey, Discovery Bay and Quarry Bay International Schools in Hong Kong, Royal College of Music Junior Department, Parliament Hill and William Ellis Schools, in London, and Sancton Wood and Chesterton Music Schools in Cambridge. Many of Miranda’s pupils have been prizewinners in competitions and music festivals and have gained places in the National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, the Purcell School and have gone on to to study Music at Conservatoires and Universities.

Miranda publishes and uses, amongst other material, her own flute tutor books “A Sound Beginning in Flute Playing’