Andrea is a freelance performer with a wealth of experience spanning three decades. She has performed and recorded with all the major Scottish Orchestras and also further afield with, amongst others, the BBC Concert Orchestra the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Andrea has been fortunate enough to work with such renowned soloists as Mel Torme, George Shearing, Jack Jones, James Galway, Nicola Benedetti and The Priests, and has also worked extensively in the pop world, performing as a backing musician for Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. She appears on many of their recordings including the single “Waking Up To Us”. She undertook a world tour with the band and travelled to such places as the USA, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
Andrea has also worked alongside some of the world’s leading jazz artists whilst performing with Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, notably an Edinburgh Festival performance with Gunther Schuller and Joe Lovano. TV appearances range from “Songs of Praise” to “Later” with Jools Holland.
Andrea has been responsible for the flute teaching at Edinburgh Napier University now for over 20 years. During this time, as well as one to one teaching, she has delivered masterclasses, chamber music coaching, art of teaching workshops, orchestral coaching, examining and auditioning. She is also employed as a woodwind instructor in Glasgow schools.
In 2009, aware of the need for good quality ensembles for keen flautists to join, Andrea formed an amateur flute choir, Flutes Unlimited, for experienced flautists of any age. The choir has gone from strength to strength and has for the past two years gained first place in their category at the Glasgow Music Festival.
Andrea has been practising yoga for the past five years and is becoming increasingly interested in its benefits to the posture and breathing techniques used in flute playing. She is currently undertaking a teacher training course in Iyengar Yoga.
Andrea is a long-standing Union activist and was involved in setting up the Teachers’ Section of the Musicians’ Union.
Chris is a classically trained flautist, as well as a freelance consultant and project manager to the cultural industries, specialising in classical music, events and venue management.
Chris holds a first-class Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Music from Edinburgh Napier University, where he was awarded the University Medal, and an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College, University of London, specialising in cultural venue development. Chris has been working with Andrea on education projects for nearly 10 years, and is in his 5th year being involved with Flutes du Soleil.