- Instrument: Flute
Issy Haley-Porteous is a London-based undergraduate flautist studying at the Royal College of Music. She is very grateful to be supported at the RCM as a Musician’s Company Lambert Scholar.
Growing up in West Yorkshire, Issy has been passionate about the flute from a young age. She quickly became involved with local music centres and youth orchestras, performing at the Music for Youth festival in the Royal Albert Hall aged 13. Issy was Principal Flute of the Musica Youth Orchestra from 2015-18 (formerly Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra) and has also performed with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. During her A-Levels, Issy attended Yorkshire Young Musicians, where she studied with Robert Looman. She has also performed several times as a soloist, performing concertos with the Young Philharmonia and the Wharfedale Chamber Ensemble.
Issy was awarded her DipABRSM in Flute Performance in July 2017 and has won prizes at various competitions including significant success with the prestigious Rotary Young Musician Competition, placing runner up In the Regional Final in 2017. The same year, she was offered a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, where she now studies under the guidance of Gitte Marcusson, Simon Channing and Kathleen Stevenson.
Whilst at the RCM she has performed as Principal Flute of the RCM Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble and taken part in various projects, including a performance with the RCM Chamber Orchestra alongside players from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has also been selected to perform in masterclasses with renowned flautists, including Juliette Bausor.
Issy has a keen interest in chamber music, and takes a very active role in her wind quintet, the Maritime Quintet, who are hoping to premiere a new work later this year.
Award: RCM Lambert Scholarship
Page Updated: Feb 2022
Photo Credit: Lisa Dalton