Kate The Flautist

Kate originally studied flute at the London College of Music with Ann Cherry and graduated with the full spectrum of qualifications. She subsequently pursued her studies with Colin Fleming of the Ulster Orchestra and in various master classes with other international flautists. Her postgraduate qualifications are an M.A. from City University, London and an LGSMD from the Guildhall School of Music and a PGCE from Roehampton.

She also now possesses almost the full spectrum of instruments from the piccolo through the E flat flute, standard flute in C, alto flute, flutes d’amore in A and B flat and bass flute

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 Beenham Wind Orchestra and the All Keyed Up flute ensemble. She particularly enjoys working in pit bands and has performed in many operas, shows and musicals, ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Benjamin Britten. In August 2013 she was invited to play in one of the first youth performances allowed of Phantom of the Opera by the Vivo d’Arte company which received rave reviews.

If you would like to hear some samples of Kate’s work she now has her own channel on You Tube – Tootlingted1 . This channel currently offers 5 videos including the complete performance of her Hasse Concerto – View Them Here.

Kate knew from a very young age the flute was her thing. Even though she started late, her natural talent soon came out and within two years she was accepted to study flute and singing at the London College of Music. Her teachers there included Ann Cherry. She worked hard and soon caught up with her contemporaries, winning a W.S. Lloyd Webber Performance Prize in the process.

On leaving college she pursued her studies in masterclasses and consultations with a number of international flautists including in particular Colin Fleming of the Ulster Orchestra. After a few years of teaching and performing, she returned to college for a postgraduate music/performance course at the City University, London and the Guildhall School of Music which completed her portfolio of qualifications with an MA and an LGSMD. Her dissertation there was on the flute d’amore, a topic which she continues to pursue both as performer and researcher. Kate believes in continuing education and still regularly attends the Galway Flute Academy in Switzerland.

Kate’s experience embraces performances of all kinds in any musical genre in local national and regional ensembles such as the Northern Ballet Theatre and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,. Years of playing solo flute in bands means that she is equally at home with popular standards as well as the heights of the classical repertoire. Over the years she has played for many show bands ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan through Les Miserables to Benjamin Britten. More recently participation in a jazz flute big band has given her insight into the role of the flute in Jazz.

Kate is also a soloist. She is well acquainted with the solo and chamber repertoire both classical and modern and has given many recitals with piano and various ad hoc groups. In these recitals she is keen to demonstrate the range and capabilities of the whole flute family from the high piccolo through to the depths of the bass flute. She regrets that being of relatively short stature, she is not able to include the contra-bass flute in these demonstrations.

If you would like to hear some examples of her performance, her YouTube channel – Tootlingted1 – offers a range of her solo and ensemble work.

Photo of Kate by Alistair Ruff

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