Carys Gittins is a Flautist from Mid-Wales, who is currently based in London. Carys graduated with a Master’s degree in Orchestral Artistry from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke, Philippa Davies and Christopher Green.
During her undergraduate years at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Carys won the Ken Smith Flute Prize 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was the winner of the Instrumental Blue Ribband at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff which awarded her a scholarship from the Peggy and Maldwyn Hughes Fund. She had her BBC Radio 3 debut last year, playing ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’ for Alto Flute and Piano.
Carys was a member of the London Sinfonietta Academy 2018 and the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra 2019, and she often plays with harpist, Alis Huws, also from Mid-Wales. Together, they are the winners of the McGrenery Chamber Prize and have played at many venues including Lancaster House for the First Minister of Wales, Cardiff Castle, Llandeilo Festival of Music, the Royal Opening of the Fifth Assembly and An Evening with Lesley Garret. They are passionate about enhancing the lives of people suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and often play for charities in specialist care homes in Wales and England. Carys is currently teaching flute and piano privately and in various schools across London.