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Kimberley Boyle

West Sussex Music
Rusper Primary School
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Education & training

Kimberley was brought up in Perthshire, Scotland where she enjoyed music from an early age – learning recorder, guitar and singing. She took up the flute at the age of 11, under the tutelage of Eileen Waterston and attending local Perthshire groups including the Perth Youth Orchestra. In her final year at school Kimberley auditioned successfully for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama Junior Department (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where she studied with Sheena Gordon and was awarded the Gilbert Innes Prize for Wind. During that time she performed as Principal Flute with their First Orchestra, as well as Principal Flute in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Camerata Scotland.

In 2000, Kimberley moved to London to take up a place at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2004 with a First Class Honours degree. Her professors there included Simon Channing, Paul Edmund Davies, Gareth Davies and Stewart McIlwham (piccolo). Kimberley was then awarded bursaries from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarship and The Cross Trust which enabled her to continue her studies at postgraduate level. During her studies Kimberley won some of the RCM’s most prestigious competitions, including the Douglas Whittaker Ensemble Prize and the Senior Wind Prize, and received a distinction in her final Postgraduate Orchestral Performance, adjudicated by players of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since graduating, Kimberley has been based near London as a freelance musician and flute teacher. Her performance work includes solo concerti, recital engagements with various chamber ensembles, orchestral flute/piccolo playing and education/outreach projects. Kimberley has been on trial for the position of Sub Principal Flute with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and is also an extra player for several orchestras in the south including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Skills & experience

Kimberley has always been passionate about inspiring and sharing music with others. During her schooldays she became involved in workshops with Capability Scotland and later during her degree, studied Music Therapy, Classroom Teaching and Instrumental Teaching. In her professional career, Kimberley has been fortunate to work with several hugely inspiring and energetic outreach projects such as Kevin Hathway’s (Philharmonia) Elastic Band and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Rusty Musicians. Initiatives within the wider community have allowed her to work with individuals/groups at all levels of music-making; by leading/demonstrating in group/one-to-one settings, adapting musical material to suit and challenge in different situations, which has helped me to develop a flexible approach and inspire creativity.

She has gained a wealth of teaching experience over the last 25 years in a number of schools and in her private practice, working with children and adults from beginner level to post Grade 8. Kimberley currently teaches flute at St Johns School in Leatherhead, Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in London and, since 2021, with West Sussex Music providing flute and recorder tuition at Rusper Primary School and The Weald School, as well as leading flute sectionals for ensembles at West Sussex Music Centre – Horsham.

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