Kate The Flautist

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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