Karen Barton-Holman Dip.TCL, LTCL
Karen studied at Trinity College of Music for five years where she won the Chamber Music Prize. When she graduated in 1993, she pursued a busy and exciting career and began to teach for the Inner London Education Authority, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kent Music and Canterbury Christchurch University. She also began to perform nationally: venues include Rochester, Canterbury, Chichester, Bury St Edmunds cathedrals, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Karen also enjoys conducting and has been the musical director for the Society of Recorder Players Kent branch (1997-2007) and is currently the musical director for Kent Youth Recorders and the Kent Schools Recorder Orchestra. These groups have had the pleasure of performing nationally, internationally and playing for royalty.
Karen conducts many recorder festivals throughout Kent which included conducting more than 300 children together at Maidstone's Mote Hall. She is also director of music for Kent's annual recorder summer school held at Benenden School.
On top of all this, she is frequently asked to coach ensembles and play the piano for the choir 'Energise'. From 2009 until 2013, Karen was head of Medway Towns' Music Centre and she is now a peripatetic music teacher.
Karen joined Kent Police Male Voice Choir as our accompanist in January 2011.