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KIME, Tony (b. 1947)
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Tony was born in Grantham in 1947, and first took an interest in music when, at the age of five, he saw a piano trio playing in the restaurant of John Lewis’s store in Leicester. Thirteen years later he took a B.Mus. at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, studying composition with David Harries, violin with Edward Bor, and orchestration with Ian Parrott. He went on to become a BBC studio manager in London, working with composers and conductors ranging from Adrian Boult to Pierre Boulez, and later, in Glasgow, from Simon Rattle to Carl Davis. During his time in London, Tony became addicted to playing in the orchestra pit for musicals.
As a music recording engineer, he has been part of 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, but 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 Scottish Borders.

Amongst other smaller works, including several pieces for brass band, Tony has written a concerto for trumpet and strings, and more recently a symphonic accompaniment to John Hayward’s poem The Tweed, thinking it through.

He is leader of the Peebles Orchestra and the Yetholm Sinfonia, and founded the Nenthorn and the Intrepid string quartets for which he has written many arrangements of popular songs and Scots music, together with original pieces. He has led the Orchestra of Greyfriars Kirk and plays regularly for the Edinburgh Philharmonic and for the Rose Street Ensemble. Tony’s addiction to playing in orchestra pits is unabated.