Rebecca Speller

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Flute

Location: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Rebecca is currently studying her MMus in flute performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Anna Noakes, Anna Pope and Christopher Green (piccolo). During her time at Trinity Laban she has performed as Principal Flute with TL Symphony Orchestra and TL Wind Orchestra as well as performing alongside members of the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of a side-by-side project. She is a finalist in the Harold Clarke Woodwind competition 2017. She studied her undergraduate music degree at Newcastle University including an Erasmus year spent at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She specialised in solo performance and composition and finished her 1st class honours degree with an 'outstanding' final recital. She has performed in masterclasses with Robert Winn, Peter Verhoyen, Karen Jones, Freyr Sigurjónsson and Juliette Bausor. She has appeared all over the UK as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Blackheath Halls, Southwark Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral. Rebecca is also a contemporary music enthusiast covering a diverse range of genres including folk, salsa and improvised music at venues such as Union Chapel London, Cafe OTO, Seahouses Music Festival, Theatre Royal Newcastle and the Northern Stage Newcastle.
Rebecca has been privileged to perform in a number of world premières. Her current and future engagements include a newly orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s opera Mansfield Park with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at The Grange Festival 2017; performing as part of Cohan Collective Development Week 2017 at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells; premièring new compositions for dance works with Yorke Dance Project as well as performing with the contemporary-classical Riot Ensemble.
In her spare time she is an avid composer having had her own compositions premièred by Royal Northern Sinfonia and Ives Ensemble and was commissioned to compose and perform the music for a sold-out tour of the theatre production Wanting for Angus by Ink festival.
She is regularly involved in outreach work and performs in schools, care-homes and hospitals as part of a flute and clarinet duo and as a member of a wind quintet. Her studies have been generously supported by Help Musicians UK, The Stapley Trust, Tillett Trust and The Zetland Foundation.