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OF KATE WALSH
Welcome to the
You have come to this site, maybe because you have seen one of her adverts, or heard one of her recordings or perhaps even share her special interest in the Flute d’ amore (see below) and would like to get to know more about her.
First and foremost this makes her into a
performer. Every performer needs to find
that special instrument they relate to best and for
It also makes her into a superb, inspirational teacher. She is able to motivate her students, young and old, with her passion.
WHY TOOTLING TED?
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For these reasons
KATE THE FLAUTIST
Her performing career has embraced all types of music. She has
played with a wide range of local, national and regional ensembles and
orchestras including the Northern Ballet Theatre and the Bournemouth Symphony
and Dorset Opera in their acclaimed 2007 production of Turandot. She has played with
many bands, frequently as solo flute . She plays regularly with the
She lives with her husband and dogs Henry and Lily in a comfortable house in West London where she is at last able to have her own music room and conduct rehearsals without disturbing anybody.
Tootling Ted’s Services –
Kate, with some help from her friends, is able to satisfy many of the varied demands imposed on musicians.
This website and her C.V.
Kate has over the years performed many recitals, both with and without piano. She is very flexible and likes to structure her programmes to suit the requirements of each organiser. She has a wide knowledge of standard and lesser-known flute repertoire ranging from J.S.Bach to Oliver Knussen. She also frequently includes light music, folk songs and jazz-influenced pieces. In her recitals Kate often shows off the various members of the flute family. She has the complete set apart from the(five foot high) contrabass which she would need a ladder to play.
For 2012, preparations are well advanced for a third CD (see below) which will concentrate on music for the flute by female composers, both old and new.
Kate, with some help from her friends, is able to satisfy most requests for musicians. Her solutions are usually, but not always flute-based which many people find refreshingly different. They also often involve the group All Keyed Up which is a flute group made up of professional and semi-professional players. It consists of a core group of four but may be expanded up to nine if required. Over recent years they have built up an extensive repertoire of music for all occasions. What gives individuality and richness to their sound is that they can create a rich palette of sound colours through using all the members of the flute family which they have at their disposal.
Keyed Up offers standard wedding
pieces, should they be required for the service. They also have a range of popular selections
available which go down very well as background music at the reception. They
are popular too for dinners and garden parties.
Their list of engagements has included a
Another area where discreet background music goes down well is at business conferences/conventions. Kate has had experience of these and would be keen to get some bookings for All Keyed Up
If you think Kate and/or friends can contribute to your musical event, please Email Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 07889 716181 and she will be very happy to discuss your requirements and suggest how she/they might be able to help.
KATE THE RESEARCHER
When doing her MA a few years ago, Kate was fortunate to come upon a subject for her dissertation where very little work had been done – flutes d’ amore and their repertoire ( a now rare type of flute pitched in A or B flat) – and she therefore had the opportunity to do some original research. The MA was duly completed and she was soon recognised, to her surprise, as something of an expert in the field.
There has been interest in
this work from all over the world. Kate has written an article summarising her
findings which has been published in New Zealand and
Kate is aware that this is a very large subject and believes that her work to date has done little more than scratch the surface. She would very much like to obtain funding to pursue these researches with the eventual aim of a doctorate.
Being a practising musician, this is not just an academic exercise for her. She and her audiences have been captivated by the rich, mellifluous, if not to say sexy sound these instruments make. It is her aim to bring to life some of the extensive repertoire she has uncovered. She has created her own edition of a Concerto in F for Flute d’amore and strings by J.A Hasse (1699-1783) which she performed in London in 2003. It is an attractive piece, reminiscent of Vivaldi, and she is very interested in further performances. She has other works in preparation. She is also interested in demonstrating this is a viable contemporary instrument and to this end has had contact with several composers, asking them to write her a piece.
KATE THE TEACHER
As we saw above, the strength of Kate’s passion for music and the
flute has made her an inspirational teacher. For over twenty years, she has
taught the flute at all levels from absolute beginner to post diploma and to
all ages from six to sixty. Recently she has extended her range to teach
beginners on piano and saxophone and has resumed teaching singing, in which she
has a teaching diploma. She has taught
for a number of music services. She was among the first to be qualified to
teach the Suzuki Method for flute in the
In 2004 Kate obtained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Roehampton specialising in Music which qualified her to teach Key Stages 2 and 3 (i.e. ages 7-14) . In practice, to date she has tended to concentrate on the younger age group and recently has also had some experience of Key Stage 1. Kate has a particular interest in developing the role of music in the curriculum and the benefits it can offer for the child’s whole learning experience. She has been a strong supporter of the various Music Manifesto initiatives .
Preparing for Arts Awards
In 2011 Kate has extended her portfolio of qualifications and is now able to prepare children for Bronze and Silver Arts Awards.
Kate is also not one to turn down a challenge, to do things which are slightly out of the ordinary for jobbing musicians. Thus she has played for afternoon tea on a cruise ship, entertained (with others) the local Hells Angels in a German bus station, provided background music at a furniture convention and has also entertained passing shoppers and bemused lorry drivers in Enniskillen High Street with a spirited rendition of the first movement of the Mozart D major concerto. She has also been known to play piccolo in a samba band and the cow horn in a major London night club.
WHAT KATIE DID first appeared in 1992. It includes a wide selection of classics and lesser-known repertoire for solo flute and with piano. The highlights are a moving performance of the great Sonata in A by Franck and the Partita in A Minor by J.S.Bach. Other lesser-known gems include the whole of La flûte de Pan by Jules Mouquet and the Saint-Saens Romance.
Available directly from 80 Long Lane and specialist music shops, £10.95
INVOCATION – Released in 1998, it
contains an exceptionally wide range of music, mainly from the unaccompanied
repertoire. There are also tracks with mezzo-soprano(Jane
Money) and one with viola (Alicia Chislett). You can hear the full spectrum
from traditional folk tunes to settings of Japanese haiku (with voice) in a haunting
All this for £13.95 from Long Lane or specialist flute and record shops
Payment is acceptable in any currency. Credit cards cannot be accepted
Details of her availability for playing may be obtained from Musicians Answering Service - 01306 500000
For all other information, please contact
80 Long Lane
Middlesex UB10 8SX
Phone: (44) (0)1895 674278
Fax: (44) (0)1895 674278
Mobile: (44) (0)7889 716181
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