Hailing from Edinburgh, Leila began learning the flute at the age of ten. Nurtured by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior department and later the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, she developed a passion for performing from a young age.
A graduate of the RCS, Leila gained her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Katherine Bryan. In 2017, she won the Edinburgh Competition Festival concerto prize and was awarded the Colin MacLean Bursary Award to further her studies. Leila went on to graduate with Distinction from the Master of Music program at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Kevin Gowland and Laura Jellicoe.
Now based in Manchester, Leila enjoys a varied career. As an orchestral musician she has performed with, amongst others, The Hallé, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester and London Concert Orchestras, London Gala Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. As a chamber musician Leila has performed at numerous prestigious venues and festivals across the UK. Recent highlights include: performing Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, being invited to perform for the Keswick Music Society and appearing with the UnHeard Hybrid Orchestra as part of an ongoing collaboration.
Leila has a particular interest in promoting new music. This year she premiered 'Lift Music' by John Woolrich at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art as part of art installation 'Out of Order'. Leila gives regular solo recitals, most recently appearing at the Fringe with pianist Ailsa Aitkenhead (you can listen to highlights from that performance here). Having been accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme this year with Festivo Winds she looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experience in the field of outreach.
Personal Highlights of her time at the RNCM include winning the Hallé Professional Enterprise Scheme, performing Mahlers' Fifth Symphony under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky, and appearing as a soloist with the RNCM New Ensemble to perform 'Terrestre' by Kaija Saariaho. (You can listen to that performance here). At the RNCM she was a founding member of chamber group Festivo Winds. Festivo won the June Emerson Launchpad Award, the John Fewkes Chamber Prize for winds and were ‘Audience favourite’ at the Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year competition.
Bizet-Borne - 'Carmen Fantasy'
Ligeti - Six Bagatelles - III. Allegro Grazioso
Libertango - Astor Piazzolla (1974) arr. Nigel Edwards
Highlights from Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 recital with Ailsa Aitkenhead
Kaija Saariaho - Terrestre
Live performance, RNCM New Ensemble, 2018
CPE Bach - Sonata in A minor
Live performance, 2018
Live performance, 2018
Piano: Ben Powell
Bofan Ma, 'Maybe it Might Be...'
Live performance, Antony Burgess Centre, 2020
Alto flute, Mezzo, Guitar, Electronics
With over ten years of experience, Leila is a dedicated and inspiring teacher for flautists for all stages and abilities. She currently teaches at Bowdon Preparatory School and the Sheffield Music Academy - delivering one-to-one flute and recorder lessons and coaching ensembles. She is experienced in guiding students through exams, auditions and competitions, but equally enjoys working with those who just want to learn for pleasure.
Leila has enjoyed working with Opera North (In Harmony) as part of their education program and has notable experience teaching early years, musicianship and music for SEND as well as teaching beginner piano.
She teaches privately from her home in North Manchester, can offer lessons online and has a full DBS certificate. Get in touch via the contact page to enquire about private lessons with Leila.
Leila has been teaching my daughter flute for nearly a year now. She is easily the best teacher she has had. My daughter picked up some bad habits when playing and struggled with rhythm. Leila was the only teacher with the perseverance and the right teaching techniques to overcome this. My daughter really likes her and finds her very good.
Leila is teaching flute with passion and attention to details. She succeeded in motivating our daughter to make quick progress. We felt overjoyed that our daughter achieved distinction in her recent ABRSM grade 3 test after learning with Leila!
Leila is a fantastic professor. Excellent judge of character, she understood very quickly my motivation and preferred ways of learning, but also what blocks or slows me down. I've been tutored for a year and a half and have genuinely seen myself progressing. I highly recommend Leila to all adults with busy schedules wanting to learn flute!
Leila has taught my son Harry (age 10) for the past year and in this time I have found her to be very professional, reliable and a fantastic teacher. Harry's playing has come on leaps and bounds thanks to Leila's input and he has recently achieved a distinction in his grade 1 exam. I would highly recommend Leila to anyone looking for a flute teacher.