Glen Ballard, flute. Photo ©John Evans

Welcome to the Glen Ballard website

Glen Ballard has a busy performing career which has taken her to Switzerland and many times to Germany. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St. Johns' Smith Square, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral and has given numerous recitals, including World and UK Premières, throughout the UK and Channel Islands. She is on the Academic staff at the Royal Academy of Music (London University) where she has coached instrumentalists and is researching and writing a book about the English composer York Bowen (1884-1961).

A pianist of high standard, Glen appeared as soloist at the age of 18 in Bach's Concerto in C Minor for 2 pianos and string orchestra (BWV 1060) with the Camberley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Duncan Beat. She originally trained as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederic Jackson and Ruth Harte before injury cut short her career. She determined to concentrate on the flute and after gaining experience in symphony orchestra administration at the BBC in London continued her studies with Peter Lloyd and Paul Edmund-Davies, going on to give recitals in Europe and throughout the UK where her performances have been acclaimed for their imagination and accessibility. She is an experienced freelance orchestral and chamber music player and was principal flute with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, with whom she appeared as soloist, for many years. Glen has recently returned to the piano and has formed partnerships with the clarinettist Rachel Elliott and violin/viola player Shulah Oliver, specialising in performances of York Bowen. She has taken part in master classes with William Bennett and Clifford Benson and was official pianist for the Aldershot and Farnborough Festival of Music and Art. Glen has also composed sleeve notes for Hyperion record label, written articles for the British Music Society, the British Flute Society and the Flutist Quarterly, journal of the National Flute Association of America. Glen also reviews for the British Flute Society and has broadcast for Classic fm (Interview September 2008).

Her teaching and recital career extends over thirty years and she has prepared students of all ages and levels towards practical examinations, the majority gaining merits and distinctions, with students successfully gaining places at University and Junior College. She teaches mostly on an individual level but also coaches ensembles when she can. She further accompanies and coaches other instrumentalists preparing for examinations in conjunction with their teachers. Her educational work has led to her being featured on BBC radio, and in the Press for her particular interest in the benefits of flute playing for people with asthma.

Glen also holds an Honours degree in psychology and criminology and a Diploma in Forensic Science.

"...this was passionate & youthful playing of a passionate & youthful work...very enjoyable...very convincing..." (Seen & Heard International).