Christine Messiter, Principal Flute


Christine’s musical life began with a 3-keyed wooden piccolo, which she taught herself to play. A flute was the next instrument to attempt to master, and she continues to meet that challenge still.

Lessons with Sir James Galway, while she was still at school, led to an Exhibition to the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Edward Walker and Douglas Whittaker. She graduated winning the RCM’s top flute prize and the Mozart Memorial Prize that resulted in several concerto appearances with the London Mozart Players. She has also recorded concerti with the Philharmonia orchestra.

Her orchestral career began as Sub-principal Flute with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She was offered the same position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1 year later and then the position of Co-principal Flute with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Several years later she was appointed Principal Flute with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

She now freelances, working with all the major British Symphony and Chamber orchestras, the Royal Opera House, the Alberni, Allegri and Kandinsky string quartets and Endymion and Capricorn Ensembles. She has taught at the Welsh College of music and Drama, examined at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music and given master classes in Europe and China.

Recently she performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Sioned Williams and has just returned from Columbia where she performed at the International Music Festival in Cartagena