Charles Hine - Vice President

Charles Hine studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music where he received numerous awards including the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for Clarinet, the Lady Holland Prize for Composition and the Recital Diploma. During his studies he won the "Young Musician" Award for South East England and has since been honoured with an ARAM.

Since the early 1970s Charles has followed a career as a clarinettist, performing in principal positions with some of Britain's leading orchestras as well as continuing to give solo recitals and concerto performances. He has premiered many works for solo clarinet and has a special taste for new repertoire from South America. An early interest in the avant-garde led to exploration of instrumental performance with live electronics.

Charles is a founder member of the Vega Wind Quintet, for three decades one of the countries leading chamber ensembles and the first Wind Quintet to be invited to appear at the 'Proms'. The group broadcast regularly for the BBC and appeared at major festivals both at home and abroad together with commissioning an extensive portfolio of new quintets by major British composers many of which have been recorded by the group.

Charles is deeply involved with the promotion of Wind music and especially its educational aspect, including being Chairman of the BASBWE (British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles) Education Trust and former Chairman of the national association of BASBWE. He has been a vice president of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain since the 1990's.</p>

<p>He is currently Curriculum Manager for Higher Education and Head of Woodwind and Performance Studies at the Colchester Institute, Centre for Music and Performing Arts. Charles is director of the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra and for many years directed the Wind Orchestra and Clarinet Choir at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

As conductor of the British Clarinet Ensemble Charles has been at the forefront of repertoire and artistic developments for such groups since 1995. The BCE has toured extensively, performing at national and international festivals in London, Manchester, Finland, Holland, Japan and the USA as well as recording three successful CDs of new British repertoire. Appearances in 2010 included Bolzano (Italy) and the Euphony International Clarinet Festival in Belgium.

Charles has also been invited to be a guest conductor by orchestras and bands in the UK and abroad. Much in demand as an adjudicator, Charles has chaired the assessment panels for the National Concert Band Festival the National Festival of Music for Youth as well as leading seminars and giving clinics and masterclasses on all aspects of clarinet, wind ensemble and band playing.

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