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Ruth Montgomery

Ruth Montgomery is a professional working musician, teacher, workshop facilitator and visual artist. She explores music, art, sign language, and visual media in the deaf community as featured on her website. She grew up surrounded by music. She studied the flute with Chris Molloy to grade 8 level at Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf and at Trinity College of Music in London and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Ruth is based in Essex and has studied with some of the country's most respected flautists including Roger Armstrong, Ann Cherry, Christine Messiter, Karen Jones, Patricia Morris, Wissam Boustany and James Kortum at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Along with her music degree, she has been awarded two diplomas by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music:  Certificate in Instrumental Teaching CT ABRSM (2004) and DipABRSM in Flute Performance (2005). Although profoundly deaf from birth, she wears analogue hearing aids in both ears which enables her to hear the flute and work with other musicians.  In 2005 she graduated with a 2.1 B.Mus (hons) music degree majoring in Flute Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and, unfazed by her deafness, she went on to work in the field of music.

She was given the opportunity to perform with some of the world's best orchestras as a soloist playing the Danzi Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic in London at Cadogan Hall and the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and St Petersburg with the Music of Life Foundation, and with Dame Evelyn Glennie as a guest Soloist. Ruth's musical experiences in Russia and London was filmed and shown on BBC See Hear (2006) as "Music Has No Bars" with British Sign Language (BSL).  Ruth teaches privately and works for Essex Music services and Mary Hare school as a peripatetic music teacher, and, undeterred by her hearing loss, she has entered her many students very successfully for music grade exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is currently a member of the Caprice Wind Orchestra in Essex which has around 50 members and also performs with her father, a professional classical guitarist playing at recitals, weddings and corporate events.

As well as flute teaching, Ruth enjoys a career as a creative practitioner for communities and education - in facilitating music/arts workshops for many organisations and sponsors.  Venues include the Lyceum Theatre (Lion King), Theatre Royal (Shrek) and the Apollo (Wicked) in London, and has travelled as far as leading workshops in Hungary. These workshops range in age from babies to adults, in varying situations and abilities. 

Her passion in life is to continue with flute performance, discover the hidden gems in music, spread knowledge, experience and expertise as a musician, artist, teacher and workshop leader.

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