Tony Kime - Conductor
Tony Kime was born in Grantham in 1947. He first took an interest in music when, at the age of five, he saw a piano trio playing in the restaurant of John Lewis' store in Leicester. Thirteen years later he took a BMus at the University College of Wales, studying composition with David Harries, violin with Edward Bor and orchestration with Ian Parrott. He went on to become a BBC studio manager for Radio 3 in London, where he became addicted to playing in the orchestra pit for musicals. In 1978 he moved to Glasgow to become the sound engineer for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for the next twenty years.
As a music recording engineer he has worked in production teams that have won the Japan prize, the Brno prize, the gold medal of the International Radio Festival of New York and a Gramophone award for his recording of James MacMillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Since retiring from the BBC, he has begun composing again and has re-established his reputation as a violinist in his new home in the Borders.
In 2006 Tony founded the Nenthorn String Quartet for which he has written many arrangements of popular songs and Scots music. His second book of arrangements was published in 2010. Peebles Orchestra was delighted to premiere his work The Tweed - thinking it through for narrator, string quartet and orchestra as part of a literary themed concert in November 2007. In 2009 he founded the Scottish Romance Orchestra (based on the Nenthorn String Quartet) which has enjoyed great acclaim from audiences throughout the Borders. His addiction to playing in pits remains unabated.
Claire Taylor - Leader
Claire Louise Taylor was born in Manchester and came to Scotland to study music at the University of Edinburgh in 1995. She graduated with honours in 1999, having studied violin with Peter Markham and voice with Eric von Ibler.
Claireís day job is in Health and Social Care, managing teams to support adults with autism and learning disabilities. Claire has a very active musical life outside work. She is well known on the Edinburgh and Borders amateur scene, playing for Orchestra of the Canongait, Scottish Sinfonia, Yetholm Sinfonia, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Chalmers Quintet. Claire particularly enjoys playing for the local am-dram societies and has recently been in the pit for Oklahoma!, Oliver!, Blitz!, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods, Carousel, Guys Ďní Dolls and many more. Claire also regularly plays for the Nenthorn String Quartet, Scottish Romance Orchestra and leads the orchestras for Edinburgh Grand Opera and Opera Camerata.
Claire is also an accomplished soprano, having performed a diverse range of roles, from Iris in Handelís Semele, to Sarah Brown in Guys Ďní Dolls. She has recently performed as a soloist in Waverley Consortís performances of Handelís Messiah and Bachís Mass in B minor and in the Eildon Singersí performance of Geoffrey Bushís Christmas Cantata, Haydnís Little Organ Mass and Mendelssohnís Hear My Prayer.
Claire is mother to twins, Alice and Joseph, who bring her an immense amount of joy. They share a 1/8 size violin and are progressing nicely, and both have a fine voice!
Kimberley Archibald - Soloist (flute)
Kimberley has been playing flute for 7 years and is an ex member of Peebles High School who now has gone on to complete her studies at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh. She achieved grade 8 distinction in spring 2017 and is currently working towards her diploma.
Kim has toured in Europe with groups such as the Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble and Basingstoke Youth Orchestra, and since moving to Scotland has played with both the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and Peebles Orchestra.
Robert Dick - Conductor
Born in Edinburgh in 1975, Robert Dick studied violin and piano at the Royal College of Music in London where he graduated with Honours in 1997, and also gained the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Music in Violin Performance.
Robertís interest in conducting began at an early age and in 1993 he was invited to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra by its then Musical Director, Walter Weller.
Having conducted all of the youth orchestras of which he was a member, including the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Robert is now a regular guest conductor of many groups including the Rose Street Ensemble, the Scottish Borders Community Orchestra and The Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra. Currently the conductor of the Dundee Symphony Orchestra, the Edinburgh Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Canongait, Robert has conducted much of the great symphonic repertoire including symphonies by Schumann, Dvorak, Sibelius, Mahler and Bruckner as well as productions of Julius Caesar, Carmen, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Bittersweet, Don Giovanni, The magic Flute and numerous Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
In 2001, Robert came second in the British Reserve Insurance Conducting Competition in Cardiff and has also enjoyed success abroad having been invited to conduct the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in the final concert of the Vienna International Mastercourse Series, where he gained their Diploma. Additionally he gained the Diploma of the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, on this occasion conducting the Varna Symphony Orchestra and he recently participated in the International Masterclass with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Thuringen Philharmonie in Gotha, Germany. He has also worked with orchestras in Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain and the U.S.A., and in 2007 he participated in the Fourth Lovro von Matacic International Conducting Competition in Zagreb, Croatia.
Highlights in recent years included Mahlerís Fifth Symphony with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Merry Wives of Windsor with Fife Opera, the two Brahms Piano Concerti with Murray McLachlan in the Edinburgh Festival, his first ever appearance as a harpsichord soloist in Bachís D minor Keyboard Concerto with the Gecko Ensemble, what is believed to be the Scottish premiere of Elgarís ballet The Sanguine Fan and a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast with the Dundee Symphony Orchestra.
2009 saw special concerts commemorating the respective anniversaries of Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn including Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and The Creation, performances of Beethovenís Ninth Symphony in Dundee and Edinburgh, Brucknerís Seventh Symphony in the Edinburgh Festival, Brahmsís A German Requiem, conducting the final of the inaugural Watson Forbes International Viola Competition in St Andrews with the Rose Street Ensemble and his qualification for the Leeds Conductorís Competition. In 2010, Robert paid particular homage to the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Schumann with numerous performances of his works.
As a violin and viola soloist, Robert has performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch and Brahms and has extensively toured Europe as an orchestral player in venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Hofburg Palace in Vienna and the Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition, he has freelanced with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland.