In memory of Phil Hutton
Phil Hutton started his working life in the Royal Air force and for 13 and a half years travelled all over the world, defending our nation. Coming out of the Air Force he did 6 years in Saudi Arabia where he had a hoot of a good time and took part in Gulf Wars 1 and 2. Most the time when not at work, he ran the Bae Diving Club racking up a considerable number of dives in the Red Sea, The Gulf and on two occasions the wonderful waters around Cyprus. Leaving Saudi in 1995 for health reasons, he took a job in Bedford with an IT engineering company where he met his beautiful wife Louise.
He left the IT company in 2000 and Louise started IT Contracting to allow Phil to do up houses for a living. This led to Phil and Louise starting a Commercial Refurbishment company with Louise’s brother. This did not work out well for them and that company went under in 2006 with a considerable sized debt that they had taken on board.
Louise went back to contracting and Phil had the worst time in his life, not even being able to find work in a supermarket.
In 2007 a friend of Phil’s decided he wanted to make a flute so we both went to Steve Frost of Nightstar Flutes where they were shown how to make these hollow bits of wood that makes lovely sounds. Phil and his friend both came away with 2 flutes that they had made and with this new-found knowledge, Phil started making flutes for friends and family. Still not being able to get a job it was hinted at that a new career in flute making might be just the ticket. So late in 2007, Phil made 25 flutes for a show where he shared a tent with his best friend and Steve Frost. The show went rather well having sold 13 flutes the same as Steve.
So, in 2008 Phil started Red Kite Flutes and as the years progressed the flute quality got better and better to a point now where we can honestly say that Phil’s flutes can compete with the best.
2016 has been a great year for Phil having sold to date 198 flutes this year alone. Phil had a neighbor, Jerry who comes and helps most days, Of course, Phil’s wife Louise helps as well being the dedicated engineer.
The biggest news in 2016 is the deal we have made with The Vibe, a large music shop in London who is now selling Red Kite’s flutes direct to customers.
Red Kite Flutes would like to thank all those people who have chosen our flutes and look forward to seeing as many of you again at the various shows around the country
May your path be long and enlightening.