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Laura Piras


Laura Piras BA (Hons) MMus MA specialises in the performing on historical flutes. She is CEO, Artistic Director and Principal Flute of The Vauxhall Band, and Co-Principal Flute with The Hanover Band, for whom she has also curated concert programmes, such as the ‘Schubert in the City 2022-23’ series. Laura has performed and recorded with many other leading ensembles such as the London Handel Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music in venues such as Buckingham Palace, the Southbank, Wigmore Hall and overseas.

Keen to share her experiences, Laura has devised and performed in composition, academic and historic dance education projects for The Vauxhall Band, including masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, and community projects for schools and the Classical Vauxhall festival. She has also worked on orchestral education projects with The Hanover Band and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including Beethoven’s symphonies at the University of Chichester. Laura currently teaches the flute and music theory at Graveney School in London, and has many private students of modern and historical flutes. Previous teaching experience includes a post as modern and baroque flute teacher for the University of East Anglia from 2007-11.

Laura received a MA in Historical Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied baroque and classical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown, supported by the Winifred Disney Award. She won the prestigious Early Music Prize and graduated with Distinction.

In addition, Laura read music at the University of East Anglia, receiving a BA (Hons) and a MMus in Performance Studies. She was awarded four major bursaries for performance studies from the School of Music (Hilda Houssart, Britten-Pears, Imogen Holst and Frank Thistlethwaite Scholarships) which enabled her to receive modern and baroque flute lessons from William Sleath.