Gemma Hawkins began learning the flute at the age of 6. At 16, she began studying with Linda Verrier at Chatham’s School of Music where she had the opportunities to work with great conductors such as Mark Elder, Jac Van Steen and Paul McCreesh in concert venues around the UK, most notably The Bridgewater Hall and Windsor Castle.
In 2008 Gemma began her undergraduate studies at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Andrew Nicholson, Eva Stewart and Sarah Newbold. During her time in Cardiff she regularly played with the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra in St David’s Hall and also the RWCMD Chamber Orchestra. Alongside orchestral playing she was a member of the ‘Rosso Quintet’ who performed in venues such as The Millennium Centre and the RWCMD Dora Stoutzker Hall, but they also thoroughly enjoyed educating the younger generations through workshops in primary schools. In her final year Gemma reached the final of the RWCMD Concerto Trials and was also accepted onto the Welsh National Opera placement scheme.
Having graduated from the RWCMD in 2012 with a First Class Honors, ABRSM teaching and performance diplomas and the Daniel Emlyn Davies award, Gemma is now studying a Masters in Orchestral Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst continuing her studies with Sarah Newbold, she is also learning with Ian Clarke and Philippa Davies and has played in master classes with the LSO.
Since her course began she had the opportunity to play in The Barbican, LSO St Luke’s and Wigmore Hall and is also on the placement scheme with the Philharmonia.
Once she has completed her masters in July, Gemma is looking forward to combining her love for teaching and performing.