Lily Caunt recently completed a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying flute with Laura Jellicoe and Paul Edmund Davies and piccolo with Rosie Lock and Janet Richardson. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders, Lily began her musical life there before moving to St. Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. She went on to study for a BA in Music at the University of Bristol, graduating with first class honours in July 2013. Previous teachers include Clare Southworth, Sarah Newbold, Emma Roche and Lis Dooner.
During her time at the RNCM, Lily has enjoyed participating in the orchestras and ensembles of the college. Highlights include playing principal flute in the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and playing at the Wigmore Hall, London, with the RNCM New Ensemble. As well as larger ensembles, Lily enjoys playing chamber music and is currently a member of two ensembles - the Lavena Trio (flute, viola and harp) and Tula Flutes (flute ensemble). As a member of these groups and as a soloist Lily has given recitals across Greater Manchester and the UK. She was supported in her postgraduate studies by Dewar Arts Awards, The Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, McGlashan Charitable Trust and the RNCM's Pat Barney Bursary. She was delighted to be awarded a runner-up place in the 2017 Ken Griffin Flute Prize at the RNCM.
Lily has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses with many wonderful musicians, highlights of which include those with William Bennett, Wissam Boustany, Ian Clarke, Michael Cox, Lorna McGhee and Samuel Coles. Alongside her classical studies, Lily also has an interest in folk music. In 2015 she received a scholarship to take part in the Boxwood Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Whilst Lily enjoys performing in solo, chamber and orchestral capacities she also has a passion for teaching and outreach. She spent two years working as a Resident Graduate Assistant and Practice Supervisor at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and upon moving to Manchester gained a position at Chetham’s School of Music as a Practice Assistant. As well as teaching privately in Manchester Lily enjoys working with outreach organisations such as Artis Education where she delivers a programme of cross-arts workshops based on the national schools curriculum.
Now at the end of her formal studies, Lily looks forward to a portfolio career, combining her love of performing with her rewarding work in arts education.