Musical Director – Dom Carter
Dominic Carter was born and brought up in North Yorkshire. When he was 6 years old, he began learning piano, and two years later he took his first organ lesson in the local Parish Church of his hometown, Helmsley. Aged 9, he became a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, before winning a major Music Scholarship to Uppingham School in Rutland. Here, he studied piano accompaniment, composing and conducting, as well as the many other skills required to become a professional musician. On leaving school, he became Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied Music. Following this, Dominic studied with Howard Milner at the Royal Academy of Music in London, before embarking on his career as a professional pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, accompanist, musical director, organist – anything that would pay him essentially!
During this time, he was fortunate enough to conduct and perform all over the world. Highlights include conducting orchestras and choirs in recordings at Abbey Road, London, Synchron Studios in Vienna, Smecky Studios, Prague, (City of Prague Philharmonic), Angel Studios, London, and Karma Sound Studios in Bangkok, Thailand. During his time working in Los Angeles, he even got to play piano for Placido Domingo!
In 2011, Dom moved to Devon, taking up the post of Director of Music at West Buckland Prep School. He now lives in Prixford with his wonderful family: Kate, Mason and Lucy.
Aside from music, Dom is a keen sportsman. He completed the Barnstaple Marathon in 2016 and can often be seen running the lanes of North Devon accompanied by his dog, Ziggy. Most of all he loves cricket; playing and coaching at North Devon Cricket Club, Instow, when he gets the occasional free weekend.
Leader – Kate Carter
Born and raised in North Devon, an 8-yr-old Kate began learning violin with Keith Chivers. She went on to study violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she gained her honours degree under the tuition of Christopher Horner. Upon completing her degree, Kate continued her performance studies in London at Trinity College of Music.
Kate has toured as a performer throughout Europe, in string quartets and orchestras, to the Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Norway and South Korea.
Homelife keeps Kate very busy raising two young children and a husband, and working in the North Devon area teaching peripatetic lessons on violin, viola and piano. Kate also works alongside her sisters and other close colleagues as Sorrelli Strings, where they enjoy performing regularly at weddings and other occasions.