Celia Redgate (née Pitstow)
The story begins in 1938 when my father, the music director of Saffron Walden Operatic Society (and an amateur flute player), enquired of the Royal Academy of Music for a flautist. The Academy sent the student Gareth Morris. My father then followed with interest the career of Gareth Morris, listening out for radio broadcasts and, some 33 years later, encouraged me to apply for a county scholarship for lessons with Gareth Morris. Two years later, in 1973, I entered the Royal Academy of Music with Gareth Morris as my professor of flute.
Whilst at the RAM I won the J and J Brough flute prize and was awarded the Paddy Purcell wind prize and North London Orchestral Society prize. I gained the Recital Diploma - the Academy's highest award for performance. I was selected by the Munster Trust for their recital scheme and as a GLAA Young Musician made my debut in the Purcell Room with Sylvia Bowden.
As part of chamber ensembles I won prizes in several international competitions. With the Krosta Trio we won first prize in the Martigny International Chamber Music Competition and with the Phoenix Wind Quintet we won the Royal Overseas Chamber music prize.
I have specialised in chamber music playing for music clubs, societies and BBC Radio Three.