Eilidh Gillespie

Eilidh is currently Sub-Principal Flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She lives in Cardiff but still finds time to work in London and in the north of England from where she originally hails.

Eilidh has worked with Ensemble Amorpha since early 2011 and enjoys the challenge of learning and performing new contemporary music with a small group of fantastic colleagues!

Eilidh previously held the position of Principal Flute in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and spent four unexpected and life-changing years living in Hong Kong from 2004-08. Prior to that, she studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Simon Channing, and at Edinburgh University with David Nicholson where she gained a first class honours degree in music.

On returning to the UK from Hong Kong, Eilidh struggled to survive the long British winters but enjoyed establishing herself as a successful freelance flautist. She spent three hectic years working with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has worked under such conductors as Valerie Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Kurt Masur, Sir Charles Mackerras, Esa Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel and Nikolaus Harnoncourt to name but a few.

Eilidh is now enjoying a slightly more settled life in Cardiff with time to pursue other interests such as cycling, running, and cooking/eating good food!