Special Hitchin Festival celebration ‘fills me with joy and humility’ says teacher Kay, 80

Kate Elmitt

Kate Elmitt - Credit: Archant

A concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of a woman who has spent a lifetime in music is to be held this evening.

Kate Elmitt

Kate Elmitt - Credit: Archant

The Elmitt Piano Academy has organised the ‘mega concerto bonanza’ to celebrate Kate Elmitt’s landmark day at Hitchin Boys’ School from 6.30pm.

Kate, from Arlesey, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Vienna Akadamie, has spent her whole life making music, performing in many different countries, appearing on radio and TV and playing with ensembles and eminent musicians.

She said: “This concert fills me with joy and humility. I feel very humble at the age of 80 I am still performing, adjudicating, mentoring and teaching, and simply cannot imagine life without this musical drive.

“I have a large teaching practice, and run piano courses and recitals in the concert hall recently built into our house.

“In 2009 I founded the Elmitt Piano Academy through which, with colleagues, I develop the teaching of students and advise teachers and professional performers.

“Despite all I’ve managed to fit into my life, I still consider my outstanding achievement to have been first prize in a yodelling competition in the Austrian Tyrol, closely followed by third prize in an impala poo-spitting contest in the African bush two yeas ago, as well as scoring 100 per cent in a tap exam the year before!

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“When not working I walk my black labrador Penny, cuddle Midnight the cat, plan the development of our large garden, read detective fiction and have nothing whatsoever to do with shopping – except for shoes and clothes.

“I have been so fortunate for the last 25 years to have been supported by my gentle giant husband Bob.”

Tickets to the concert featuring Kate’s past and present students and friends are £11 adults and £6 for children.

For more details about the concert or the Elmitt Piano Academy call 01462 622222