Flautist Kate Walter was one of the founding artists of The Riot Ensemble, and has been on our Artistic Board since our first concerts at Guildhall. Kate performs regularly in London’s top orchestras – such as the Philharmonia – and in West End Shows such as Les Miserables.
Kate has a busy year of Rioting in 2015, starting with our very first concert, The Riot, at MeWe360 in January. Get to know Kate a bit better, in her answers to our questions below.
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you while playing the flute?Well, there has been nothing too embarrassing when playing the flute, there’s plenty of time for it to happen though!! I have conducted a flute ensemble dressed as a Christmas pudding, that was pretty embarrassing. I did once have to play triangle in a Wind Quintet performance, and when I reached the solo triangle moment, I swung and completely missed! (oops!)
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
I am really looking forward to the Riot Ensemble season, it includes some awesome repertoire and I always really enjoy the challenge of learning new music: the crazier the better! We always have a lot of fun in these concerts, and there never seems to be a dull moment. I’m very lucky to have opportunities this year to play in many amazing concerts around the globe and make a living playing music, it does’t get much better than that.
What is your favourite Riot Ensemble story, so far?
It’s got to be our Workers Union performance on MayDay 2014…outside in Dalston Square…in the rain…the police were called….enough said?? It was brilliant, we were making a LOT of noise and the crowd were dancing along in the pouring rain, it reminded me of being a Glastonbury, minus the mud! I also just love meeting so many fabulous musicians and composers. Collaborating with different Artists such as ECCE Ensemble and New Music Brighton is something that is really exciting.