2017 Performer Profiles: Katherine Bryan

No.2 – Katherine Bryan

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2017 Southwell Music Festival.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming flautist Katherine Bryan to Southwell Music Festival for the first time.

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

My name is Katherine Bryan and I am a flautist. I’m based in Glasgow as I am Principal Flautist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as being lucky enough to have a career as a soloist, which keeps me travelling around when I’m not wearing my orchestral hat. I also teach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chethams School of Music in Manchester.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

Everything! I’ve got a real mixture of things to play which is lovely. I’m really excited about performing Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras no 6 with Amy Harman – I’ve worked with Amy before, but in a full orchestra not in a duo, so this will be a lot of fun! The flute part is really tricky, but I enjoy the challenge. Also, I couldn’t not love Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro – a flute player not liking Ravel is almost unheard of! It’s a beautiful piece played by a gorgeous combination of instruments.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

I’m releasing my fourth solo album in October which is exciting. It’s a set of opera arias that I transcribed for flute and orchestra, alongside a couple of great opera fantasy pieces. I recorded it with the orchestra of Opera North and the album will be released on the Chandos label. That combined with a busy orchestra schedule, and few recitals and an awful lot of teaching should keep me busy for a few months!”