“The Concertino for Flute, Op.107, proved to be a delightful work, whose dominant mood was a sort of solemn pastoralism, enlivened with frothier, eminently French, passages.
Katherine Rogers performed the music exactly as it should be, with grace and lightness. Her playing was full of character and her phrasing excellent. Delectable music and performance.”
~Deryk Barker, Review of the University of Victoria Concerto Concert, October 6th, 2006
Young students often ask me how long I have played the flute and are amazed when I say “more than 20 years!” Two decades is a long time to a child only one decade old, but that’s exactly how old I was when I started learning the flute. I feel very blessed to have been given the encouragement of so many wonderful musicians along the way. Below are some of the people and experiences that have been particularly special to me.
I began studying the flute with Mary Jill McCulloch in my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada at the age of ten. Mary Jill coached me throughout my teens, encouraged me to enter local music festivals and complete Royal Conservatory of Toronto exams. I received silver medals for the highest provincial marks on each of my exams and my family had the fun of traveling with me to provincial level competitions year after year following wins at the local festival. One of my favourite competitions was when we drove all the way to Nelson, B.C. The highlight of that journey? Meeting a dog named Benson (my family loves dogs!).
I received my Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria in 2008 under the tutelage of Lanny Pollet. At UVic I was immersed in the wonderful world of orchestral playing in the university orchestra and in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. Both were led by conductor Janos Sandor, who I will always remember for his boundless love and passion for music. I spent an extra year completing a double major in History in Art before moving to Vancouver.
In Vancouver I studied with Lorna McGhee (former co-principal of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) at the University of British Columbia. Lorna, who is now Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has the most expressive, fluid playing you might ever hear and she was a truly inspirational teacher. Other renowned musicians for whom I have performed at masterclasses* include Joanna G’froerer (National Arts Centre Orchestra), Susan Milan (Royal College of Music), Janet Arms (New York City Opera), Christopher Millard (National Arts Centre Orchestra), Laura Barron, Wilbert Hazelzet (Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra) and William Bennett (Order of the British Empire).
I completed my Master of Music degree in 2010 at UBC and visited Europe for the first time that summer where I joined the Northern Czech Philharmonic for six performances of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Three of the performances took place in Prague’s Estates Theatre where Mozart himself premiered Don Giovanni in 1787! In 2011 I enjoyed playing with the Victoria Symphony for several of their popular concerts, including the amazing Symphony Splash which welcomed an estimated 45,000 spectators to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. I also joined the Palm Court Orchestra as Principal Flutist for their 2011-2012 Silver Jubilee Season. 2011 and 2012 were certainly busy orchestra years!
By now you’re probably wondering how I ended up in the UK! Well, I thought of visiting the UK in 2012 simply because I had enjoyed visiting the Czech Republic so much two years previously. Why did I choose Brighton? Honestly, it’s because I had Lydia Bennett’s “I want to go to Brighton!” stuck in my head after watching and reading Pride and Prejudice too many times! The strange this was that when I mentioned this to my grandfather he said “Funny you should choose Brighton, that’s where I grew up!”. I had never heard my grandfather speak of his childhood but it was the beginning of 3 special very special years for me and my grandfather. I would send him letters and photos, he would reminisce and share memories.
Whilst in Brighton I have had the pleasure of playing with Brighton’s brilliant Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra, with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra and in the St Nicholas Church Recital Series. I have also gained invaluable experience working extensively with children as a teaching assistant, special educational needs assistant, after school club leader and flute club teacher at St Bernadette’s Primary School. I have led community youth groups at St Nicholas Church and had great fun teaching my cherished group of private flute students. In 2015 my husband and I got married at the church my grandfather was christened in so many years ago, and we christened our first baby there at the beginning of 2016.
So what’s next? I just completed the Kinderflute Teacher Training Course in Enschede, Netherlands, which was led by American flutist and Kinderflute creator, Kathy Blocki. I am very excited to announce that I will be offering an introductory Kinderflute half-term course for little musicians aged 4-7 from May 29th to June 2nd! Please visit my new Kinderflute page for more information.
Schubert’s Trockne Blumene Variations performed by with wonderful pianist Chihiro Homma. You can listen to the entire piece from Part 1 on YouTube!
Percussionist extraordinaire Annabelle Ip and I playing Gareth Farr’s mesmerizing Kembang Suling: Japan. You can listen to the lively Bali and India movements on YouTube as well!