Bethany Tempest

Bethany Tempest / Tutor

A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Bethany is a London based active freelance flautist and keen piccolo player. She studied with Karen Jones, Sam Coles, Pat Morris and Kate Hill whilst completing her studies with support from The Market Harborough and the Bowden’s Charity, Sidney Perry Foundation, The Seary Trust, Wyevernian Foundation and The Sir Thomas White Charity.

Also a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she received First Class Honours and was also a recipient of the Wolfson Foundation Bursary, Ken Smith Flute Prize and nominee of the prestigious Ian Stoutzcker Award.

As an orchestral player Bethany has been fortunate enough to have performed and worked alongside Britain’s finest conductors, musicians, composers and soloists including Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Nicola Benedetti, Oliver Knussen, Leonard Elschenbroich and Edward Gardner. An active freelancer in London she loves performing as part of an orchestra.

She was part of the 2015 Britten Pears Orchestra and Young Artist Programme and returned as part of the Britten Pears Contemporary Ensemble for the Aldeburgh Festival 2016.

Outside of London she is an extra for the Bristol Ensemble and Sinfonia Cymru whom she toured South Wales with this year as part of the Freddie Mercury Project and the Llangollen International Eistedfodd 2016.

She is an incredibly active teacher; she has tutored at Dartington International Summer School 2016 and works for The Marist Schools and St Mary’s School both in Ascot, Music in Offices and as a visiting flute tutor for the ColourStrings Music School.

In her spare time she can be found drinking coffee/wine on Bermondsey Street where she has made her home in the city.

What is your favorites piece of music? 

It changes every week. I am a huge fan of chart music and will sing along to anything and dance about madly. In terms of classical music my favourites include Eldin Burtons Sonatina, Ibert’s Flute Concerto and pretty much any Brahms symphony. Also, Yann Tiersen’s piano music from the french film ‘Amelie’.

Where did you study? 

I went to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for undergraduate and to the Royal Academy of Music for a postgraduate MA.

What single thing could you not live without? 

All the bad things in life. Crisps. Wine. Chocolate. Coffee.

Who has inspired you the most? 

My mum.

Where did you grown up? 

Market Harborough. It’s very lovely. You should go.