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Kyle Patterson

Originally from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Kyle studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama gaining a First Class (Honours) BMus under the tutorage of Penny Driver, Nicholas Gethin and Nicola Thomas.

Kyle Patterson

In his first year of study, he was awarded the Year Prize for highest overall marks at the college. He was twice the recipient of the Vera Smart Scholarship for Chamber Music and twice a finalist in the annual Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Concerto Competition performing the Dvorak and Elgar Cello Concertos.

He was later invited back to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra as rehearsal soloist for cellist Leonid Gorokov. Kyle has partaken in Masterclasses with eminent cellists Leonid Gorokov and Tim Hugh.

Kyle has a wealth of experience as an orchestral player having performed for numerous orchestras throughout the country including Welsh National Opera, The National Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Bristol Ensemble and Sinfonia Cymru.

He has performed in countless venues from the Barbican to the Ritz, and even Stormont in Belfast, and for artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Paul Potts, Jamie Cullum and Dizzy Rascal throughout a varied freelance career. As a member of The Hillman Quartet, he regularly played for the Live Music Now and Night Out chamber music schemes across Britain as well as recitals in music festivals such as Brighton, Monmouth, St Ives and Hay-On-Wye.

A keen composer and arranger Kyle won the Urdd National Eisteddfod with his early works and has since specialised in arrangements for a variety of professional string ensembles of differing sizes. Kyle has a passion for cello ensembles both as performer and director and is a member of the cello quartet Cellini. Having founded the Pembrokeshire Schools Cello Orchestra, he arranged for and conducted the ensemble for over a decade.

He is also dedicated to music education as a long-established teacher at St John’s College in Cardiff. On graduating, Kyle began lecturing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and went on to be appointed director and lecturer of the String Teaching Skills course for undergraduate students. He is also a cello teacher in the Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.