Chloe Vincent

Flute Teacher and Performer

Chloe’s Music Story

Chloe started her musical career learning the recorder at school and she can remember driving her family mad by practicing at every opportunity! It was not until she was 10 that she started group lessons on the flute at school and then by Year 7 had transitioned to individual lessons through the music service gifted and talented scheme. Playing at the local music centre gave Chloë some great experience, as well as playing in the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.

She says she was lucky to have a great flute teacher at her school which was provided by the local music service; a lady called Janet Way. Janet encouraged her to apply to the junior department of the Guildhall for sixth form where she was taught on a Saturday by Sarah Newbold and this led to Chloe choosing to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for her undergraduate studies. Chloë pursued further study at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden where she studied the prestigious soloist diploma which culminated in a performance of Mozart’s flute concerto with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

She has since performed with a variety of orchestras including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Malmö Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has been awarded trials with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera which included tours to Japan, China, and Europe.

In addition to her classical performances, Chloë regularly records at major London studios and has worked for artists such as Madonna, Kanye West, Little Simz and Michael Kiwanuka. She has performed at the BRIT awards with Billie Eilish and performed with the The Who at Wembley Stadium.

Around her performing schedule, Chloë is a passionate teacher and has a variety of students of different levels

"I like teaching a range of flute players, both adults and children"

What was the Guildhall School of Music and Drama like?

I had a wonderful time at the Guildhall, not only did I have some amazing musical experiences and opportunities but I also made some life-long friends.

Where would you suggest people buy a flute from?

There is a wide range of beginner standard flutes to choose from and it is important to get the correct size for beginners, younger players may need to start on a curved head joint or fife and upgrade to a standard size flute as they grow. If you are upgrading from your first instrument I would recommend trying several instruments so you can experiment with different makers and materials. All good music shops will allow you to do this.

What age do you recommend starting to play the flute?

Starting with the recorder or fife is a nice way to be introduced to a wind instrument if you are younger than 7. Ideally you want to be at least 8 or 9 to start the flute but there is the option of starting with a plastic Nuvo flute which can make it easier for younger children to learn.

So, what are you like as a teacher?

I like teaching a range of flute players, both adults and children. There are only two prerequisites to work with me; that you want to learn and that you are prepared to practice between lessons!

What has been your career highlight to date?

A tour of Japan with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was a particular highlight but performing for the Queen at Buckingham Palace is also worth a mention!

What flute pieces would you recommend people listen to, to inspire them to play?

Prokofiev’s classical symphony – the flute parts are wild! I also love Fauré’s Pavane and anything by Stravinsky.

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