Celia Ireland BMus(Hons), PGCert, MISM

Celia graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, in 2003 and is now based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. As a member of the UK’s leading recorder ensemble, The Flautadors, she has performed at many prestigious venues including London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall as well as at major festivals throughout the UK. The Flautadors have released five albums, gaining a particular reputation for their research and programming of British music across the ages as well as developing new works for the instrument. Bavardage (FHR, 2017) includes eight original pieces and was described as ‘a recorder album in a class of its own, well thought-through and brilliantly played’ (WDR). In 2021, the Flautadors premiered Cheryl Frances Hoad’s Pieces of Light, in celebration of the group’s twentieth anniversary. Celia has also enjoyed other diverse collaborations including: performing as Brandenburg soloist with the Adderbury Ensemble, recording on The Awakening film score at Abbey Road Studios, playing alongside tabla and tanpura for the video premiere of Raga Pahadi by Jonathan Mayer (2021), and recording new repertoire for recorder and ukulele with Donald Bousted (2021).


Celia is passionate about her education work and teaches recorder, piano and music theory. Celia’s ongoing commitment to learning saw her return to the GSMD, to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Teaching, graduating with a distinction in 2021. In addition to private coaching and workshops, Celia holds teaching positions at Kingshott Preparatory School, Oundle School and the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians. She regularly coaches the recorder groups for the Cambridge Holiday Orchestra courses. In 2022, Celia formed On the Blok to cater for secondary age pupils who can often have minimal access to high quality ensemble playing. This monthly group enables young people to socialise and play a wide variety of recorder music together.

Celia regularly returns to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as an external recorder assessor for BMus and MMus exams. At the other end of the learning spectrum, she is also an ABRSM Music Medal assessor and regularly offers these assessments for her primary age children. Celia has also been an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival on four occasions. Celia frequently prepares her pupils for a wide range of graded examinations and is proud of her students' 100% pass rate across all levels and ages.