The BCE’s conductor Charles Hine studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music where he received numerous awards including the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for Clarinet, the Lady Holland Prize for Composition and the Recital Diploma. During his studies he won the “Young Musician” Award for South East England and has since been honoured with an ARAM.
He has achieved distinction as a solo and orchestral clarinetist and has undertaken numerous international tours as well as broadcasting regularly for the BBC on radio and television.
Charles is a founder member of the Vega Wind Quintet, the first such group to be invited to appear at the Proms, and has also developed a career as a conductor of Wind Orchestras and other groups including the British Clarinet Ensemble. He has taught in a wide range of educational establishments including posts in Rome, the Cairo Conservatoire, Colchester Institute and the Royal College of Music. Charles is a Vice-president of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.