Music is what Ruth grew up with, studying the flute with Chris Molloy to grade 8 level at Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf, and at Trinity College of Music in London and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.
Although profoundly deaf from birth she graduated with a 2.1 B.Mus (hons) music degree majoring in Flute Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2005 and her deafness has not deterred her from working in the field of music and visual art.
Ruth is based outside London and has studied with the country’s most respected flautists including Roger Armstrong, Ann Cherry, Karen Jones, Patricia Morris, Wissam Boustany and James Kortum at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Along with her music degree, she has been awarded two diplomas by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music: Certificate in Instrumental Teaching CT ABRSM (2004) and DipABRSM in Flute Performance (2005).
She was given the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s best orchestras as a soloist playing the Danzi Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic in London at Cadogan Hall and the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and St Petersburg with the Music of Life Foundation, with Dame Evelyn Glennie as a guest Soloist. Ruth’s musical journey from Russia to London was filmed and shown on BBC See Hear (2006) with British Sign Language (BSL).
Ruth works for Essex Music services as a peripatetic music teacher, and undeterred by her hearing loss she has entered over 200+ students for music exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music with a 100% pass rate.
As well as flute teaching, Ruth enjoys a career as a creative practitioner for communities and education – in facilitating music/arts workshops for many organisations and sponsors. Places include the Lyceum Theatre (Lion King), Theatre Royal (Shrek) and the Apollo (Wicked) in London, and has travelled as far as leading workshops in Hungary. All of these range in age from babies to adults, in all situations and abilities. She is currently a member of the Caprice Wind Orchestra in Essex which has around 50 members.
Ruth worked with Chris Tally-Evans who is an award-winning writer-director for radio, television and theatre on an Unlimited commission ‘Turning Points’ which was recently shown at the London’s Southbank Centre during the summer Olympics 2012. She played flute music as a backdrop in the short film which explores the moment when 6 people’s lives changed forever, from Hollywood star Sir Roger Moore and Olympic medallist Jamie Baulch to a struggling artist and a visually impaired dancer.
Ruth comes from an incredibly musical family, her parents and three brothers are all hearing. Her father is a guitarist, teacher, composer, examiner and adjudicator. Her youngest brother Edward is in demand as a piano teacher, accompanist and is a musical director of a church choir in Chelmsford. Her mother Mary runs Rhythmtots weekly which is a successful music group for 0-4 years. Equally both her other two brothers reached grade 8 and diploma level in pianoforte.
Her passion in life is to continue with flute performance, discovering the hidden gems in music, spread knowledge, experience and expertise as a musician, artist, teacher and workshop leader.