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Jo Ashcroft (Flute) and AnnaKate Pearson (Harp) met while at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. They formed a flute and harp duo in 2006 when asked to perform in a Lakeland Sinfonia Concert. This was initially to show appreciation for the Westmorland Music Council grants that help music students, including Jo and AnnaKate, through music tuition and College. They enjoyed working together and since this debut performance they have continued to perform their own recitals which have been popular within concert series. In addition to concerts Jo and AnnaKate are available to play background music for weddings or other special functions.

Jo Ashcroft - Flute
Jo Ashcroft grew up in Kendal in the Lake District. She completed a BMus (Hons) degree in performance at the RSAMD in Glasgow, studying with Alison Mitchell, Janet Richardson and Lis Dooner. Jo is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at the RSAMD, studying with Alison Mitchell and Katherine Bryan. Visit Jo's website.

At the RSAMD Jo has been involved in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, side-by-side schemes with the Hebrides Ensemble and with The Dunedin Consort, and has premiered works in the contemporary music Plug Festival, as well as many other performance projects. In these she has showed her versatility on the alto flute as well as on the flute and piccolo. Jo has varied interests in performance, ranging from Baroque performance on 18th century flute to contemporary chamber music. In 2005 she won the Keldwyth Award (for outstanding young Cumbrian musicians), and also reached the final of the Governor's Recital Prize for Woodwind at the RSAMD in 2007.

As a founder member of flute quartet Flutes en Route Jo received the RSAMD Governors‚ First Prize for chamber music in 2008, has played for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in St James' Palace, and with this ensemble also performs regularly for Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now scheme in recitals, community performances and workshops. Jo also plays in a duo capacity with harpist Annakate Pearson in the Leven Duo, based in Cumbria, and with percussionist Amy Sherry. Jo has also given concerto performances of the Chaminade Concertino for flute and orchestra and the Mozart Concerto for flute and orchestra in D major. Jo freelances with various orchestras and ensembles, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Jo is also involved in education and community music, and completed an endorsement in this area as part of her degree. Next year Jo will study for a Masters‚ in 'Music in the Community' and in the future Jo hopes to include community work in her career. She teaches the flute both privately and with local councils and trusts in the Glasgow area.

Jo Ashcroft