Kim has been a professional cellist since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Leonard Stein. She was awarded the Cello Prize in her final year. On leaving the Guildhall, ‘islands abroad’ seemed to beckon, firstly to Bermuda where her quartet took up residence and a heavy schedule of teaching and performing. Then to Gran Canaria where she was appointed principal cellist with the Las Palmas Philharmonic, and gave many concerts with a variety of chamber groups. After a very happy time, and equipped with enough spanish to understand jokes but not always the punchline, she returned to Britain.
Kim joined the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra where she stayed for six years, gaining the valuable and very British ability to sight read. Leaving in 1990 to freelance in Manchester she worked with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic , BBC Philharmonic, and Manchester Camerata, and toured for a year with the Kosh Dance/Theatre Co as solo cellist in their production of ‘Dinner Dance’. She returned to London and has since worked with the major London orchestras, most regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber music has always been a great love. For 12 years Kim was a member of the Solarek Piano Trio, performing extensively in Britain and across Europe. Kim has given many recitals as part of a Cello /Piano duo, and in 2002 founded the Pisces String Quartet. In 2009 the Wren Piano Trio was formed and gave highly acclaimed and personally deeply satisfying performances in England and Scotland.
For more years than she can remember Kim has been a member of Paul Robinson’s Harmonie Band. The band of six have toured extensively throughout England and Europe performing Paul’s scores for Silent Film and giving contemporary music concerts. They have run many composition/film workshops in schools, projects which engage the children and give them a new perspective on music, TV and film.
Kim has taught cello for many years, recently becoming interested in the different approaches required to teach children and adults. This interest led her to start a weekly cello group for adult amateurs at her home. It became clear to her that for those people the return to their cellos, after years of raising families or working all hours, had become a bit of a sanctuary. This realisation has been a key factor in the shaping of Chamber Cellos courses and events.For information about courses and teaching please contact Kim