CD A0026: What Katie Did

What Katie did by Kate Walsh with Derek Downes (piano)

CD cover: What Katie Did by Kate WalshIncludes 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.  

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Audio Samples

Track Listings

01 Romance Saint Saens
  La Flute de Pan Mouquet
Pan et Les Bergers
Pan et Les Oiseaux
Pan et les Nymphes
05 Syrinx Debussy
  Partita in A Minor JS Bach
Bourée Anglaise
  Sonata in A Franck
Recitative Fantasia
14 Fantaisie Fauré
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CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

KATE WALSH has always been a different sort of flautist. Who else would nickname her flute Silvester, her piccolo Monty and her alto flute Alphonse?

After a late start at 16, her musical training was at the Winchester School of Art and the London College of Music with Ann Cherry. After leaving college Kate continued her studies with James Dower and Michael Axtell and has gained invaluable experience playing in master class given by James Galway and other internationally known flautists. Recently her playing career has begun to develop with many solo recitals and concert appearances. In 1991 she was the featured artist in the annual "Opportunities for the Disabled" concert.

Kate has also appeared on television and radio and has worked with various symphony and theatre orchestras. She is also a member of the recently formed Flute Orchestra.

Kate formed the duo with DEREK DOWNES, a friend of long-standing from college, early in 1991. In their performances they are interested in exploring the full range of repertoire including jazz-influenced and light music. I chose the title What Katie Did to afford myself total freedom of choice of repertoire. Most of the pieces on this disc are personal favourites and coincidentally have not been over-recorded. I hope to be able to introduce you to some very attractive lesser-known parts of the repertoire and music that displays the full expressive potential of the flute.

Once Derek and I have absorbed all we have learnt from making this recording who knows what Katie may do next !!

Programme Notes

The Romance by Saint Saens was written in 1871 for Paul Taffanel at the Paris Conservatoire. Saint Saens preferred writing music for woodwind Instruments and included in this output are the Odelette for flute and orchestra and the Tarentelle for flute and clarinet and orchestra.

La Flûte De Pan is an early work by Mouquet and consists of three contrasting movements based on pastoral and mythical themes (Pan with Shepherds, Birds and Nymphs). Each movement is headed by a quote from a classical poet to evoke the mythical antiquity much beloved by French intelligentsia of the period.

Syrinx was also originally called La Flute De Pan and was Intended as a piece of incidental music to Mourey's Psyche. It was an evocation of Pans death song.

The A Minor Partita Is the only solo partita for flute in J. S. Bach’s output. He wrote six each for violin and ‘cello. The partitas show how well Bach knew the instruments and demonstrate his ability to introduce contrapuntal techniques and complex harmony with distinctive rhythms even though there Is no bass line. Each movement is in a Baroque dance form.

The Sonata In A by Franck was originally written for violin but has since been "acquired" by viola, ‘cello and flute players. It Is In four movements as opposed to the usual three and some commentators believe It is strongly inspired by an obsession with Bach’s organ works. The opening theme acts as the motto theme for the work and recurs in various forms in all the movements. The individual mixture of passion, lyricism and pathos fits peculiarly well on the flute.

The Fantaisie for flute and piano by Fauré was written in 1898 and was dedicated to Paul Taffanel. It was fIrst performed as a Paris Conservatoire competition piece. It was later orchestrated by Louis Aubert in 1957.


Recording Engineered and Produced by Simon Weir
Cover Photograph by Robert Carpenter Turner: Others by John Maver
Recorded at St Giles Cripplegate, London 15-16 November 1991 Piano used Steinway Model 'B'

Album Information

Instruments: Solo Flute / Flute and Piano
Genre: Classical
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0026
Label: Tootling Ted
Year: 1992
Origin: UK

Artist Information and Contact Details

Kate Walsh (Flute)

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Kate & Jane Money recording in St Silas the Martyr, London

Kate  can  be called a 'compleat' flautist, able to satisfy almost any requirement relating to flute playing or teaching. Her range extends from playing the piccolo in a samba street band to  the most complex contemporary music theatre: one day she can be a soloist in a concerto and next an ordinary member of a show band. As a teacher she can stretch from Suzuki-style games for young children through to advanced diplomas for adults. She  pioneered the teaching of fifes for flute beginners when she worked in Ealing.   She is equally at home teaching children or adults. As a new departure, she has just taken over as conductor of the Bloomsbury Wind Ensemble which is a mixed group of adult wind players.

Kate Walsh originally studied flute at the London College of Muic with Ann Cherry .She subsequently pursued her studies with Colin Fleming of the Ulster Orchestra and in various masterclasses.  She has an M.A. from City University, London and an LGSMD from the Guildhall School of Music and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

Her performing career has covered 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. She plays regularly with the North London Philharmonia, and the and the  All Keyed Up flute ensemble.  She particularly enjoys working in pit bands and has performed in many operas, shows and musicals.

She lives in a small flat in the prestigious Barbican Estate in London with husband and at the last count more than 150 teddy bears.

Kate enjoys peforming in many different situations including solo and joint recitals and with chamber groups. She has had many years experience of solo 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 performs light music, folk songs and jazz-influenced pieces.  In her recitals Kate is keen to show off the various members of the flute family .Her particular favourites are the piccolo, which she loves and the very rare flutes d’amore. She conducted a major research project into these instruments and their repertoire as part of her MA degree. SANKYO FLUTES have used an edited version of her findings on their web site Flauto d'amore for some time to give background information on their newly introduced Flute d’amore in A.

Kate and her friends in All Keyed Up would be very happy to put together an evening of varied flute ensemble music as a concert or as a background to your function.  Numerous audiences have been charmed by this unusual medium.

Kate studied singing as well as flute at Music College and this has translated into a lasting interest in working with voices. She has worked with the mezzo-soprano Jane Money and the pianist Richard Furstenheim: they can offer a real fun evening, mixing their solo and Chamber Music repertoires.

To discuss setting up a recital, please Email Kate or phone her on the numbers below and she will be happy to suggest a programme to suit your requirements.

If you are looking for an orchestral soloist, Kate has a wide range of classical and modern concertos in her repertoire.  In 2001, she performed Chaminade’s Concertino and the Reinecke Concerto in the same programme to gr acclaim. She would be particularly interested to perform some of the dedicated flute d’amore repertoire, which her research has uncovered. The first performance of  her edition of a Concerto in F for Flute d’amore and strings by J.A.Hasse(1699-1783) on  November 17th 2003 in London was a great success and it is hoped to post a short extract of it here in the near futureA full repertoire list for her other concertos is available on request. 

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 slightly bemused lorry drivers in Enniskillen High Street with a spirited rendition of the first movement of the Mozart D major concerto.

Kate has recently been doing a lot of work with younger children and, capitalising on her Suzuki training, has had a good deal of success promoting the instrument to primary school children in workshops and group teaching situations.  She has also led a number of adult workshops.She is very happy to lead workshops or masterclasses for all ages, followed by a recital if required.  Lecture recitals and associated activities relating to the Flute d’amore or the whole flute family are also available.

Booking Kate is represented by Portland Wallis Direct – 07957 872881 Details of her availability may be obtained from the Musicians Answering Service -  01306 500022
For all other enquiries please contact:
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