Edwina Smith (Flute, Baroque Flute)

After receiving the Principal’s Prize for Junior Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Edwina read Music at the University of York. She gained an external LRAM in performance during her second year at university and graduated from York in 1981 with a First class degree, the final degree of this class to be awarded by Wilfrid Mellers (the founding professor of the York Music Department). Influenced in particular by the inspirational guidance of Alan Hacker, her university supervisor, Edwina has subsequently pursued a career combining a wide-ranging performance repertoire with the study of historical instruments.

Edwina plays principal flute with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Newcastle Baroque and the Eighteenth Century Sinfonia, and features on the recording of Telemann’s complete ‘Tafelmusik’ by the Orchestra of the Golden Age (Naxos). On the modern instrument she is a freelance solo, chamber and orchestral flautist. Together with many other York alumni, Edwina can be heard on two recent recordings by Yorkshire Baroque Soloists of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St John Passion (Signum); their recording of Bach’s early version of the St Matthew Passion is due for release in 2014. Edwina has recorded for BBC radio and television on baroque, nineteenth-century and modern flutes, and has commissioned and performed several contemporary works for baroque flute.

Edwina teaches modern and baroque flute at the University of York and at York St. John University, also providing specialist baroque tuition and advice for occasional students from other universities in the North of England. She has recently been invited to present lectures to postgraduate students at the Royal Welsh College of Music, and has acted as a specialist examiner at the Royal Northern College of Music.

In addition to performing and teaching, Edwina is the flute consultant for the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments and has contributed performances to a website demonstrating and describing a number of these instruments (www.music.ed.ac.uk/euchmi). Her catalogue of nearly 300 flutes held by this collection is now in its third edition, and she has revised and enlarged the catalogue of recorders and flageolets in the same collection for a second edition. 

Together with Dr Derek McCulloch, Edwina has published an edition of Haydn’s trios for two flutes and cello (Corda Music), incorporating variants found in early nineteenth century sources. She contributed an article on this edition to the Haydn Society Journal, and has recorded two of the trios with the Café Mozart ensemble as part of a CD of works by Haydn and the Earl of Abingdon (Naxos).

Edwina Smith