EXCITED BY MUSIC
Flautist KATHRYN THOMAS
in conversation with KEITH BRAMICH
'You've got to be excited by music.' states the young British flautist
and contemporary music specialist Kathryn Thomas. 'When I was 9 or 10, I
played a little piece by Cesar Franck and my Mum accompanied me ... I hadn't
been accompanied before. It just sparked something. From there on I started
'There was something about the sound and the feel of the flute itself
that I found appealing. From the age of 11, I used to get up at 5 for the
6 o'clock train from Haverfordwest to Cardiff, where I had lessons with
a really good, encouraging, thorough teacher -- Iau Provis.
'At 13 I took part in a competition in Cardiff -- The Guild for the
Promotion of Welsh Music. The competition was promoting contemporary
music, and that may have been one of the experiences that stimulated my
interest in new music. At 14 I went to the Purcell School with a government
scholarship, then to St Paul's Girls School for the sixth form.
Kathryn spent four years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, 1991-1995,
studying with Sebastian Bell. 'He was very inspiring and I respect him a
lot. The Academy provided a great opportunity to study contemporary music.
Although I also enjoy earlier repertoire, one of the great excitements for
me in music has been the exploration of uncharted territories. Perhaps it's
the freedom of it -- there aren't the traditions to conform to, and there
isn't a set way of performing.
Copyright © 14 June 2001
Keith Bramich, London, UK
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