Originally from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Katherine is a graduate of the GRNCM/MusB 'Joint Course', run between the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, where she studied violin with Julia Hanson and conducting with Robert Guy. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class honours degree in July 2020 and was awarded the GRNCM diploma in July 2021.
Through her work as a conductor, Katherine aims to cultivate a stimulating musical environment which inspires musicians to perform with commitment and energy, and therefore create engaging performances that have a powerful impact on audiences. Having trained as an orchestral violinist and chamber musician, she believes it is important as a conductor to treat all music making as a collaborative process, where everyone’s
contributions are valued and musical risk taking is encouraged.
In July 2021, Katherine made her professional conducting debut at the Buxton International Festival, where she conducted three performances of Jonathan Dove's community opera 'The Enchanted Pig', working alongside a cast and creative team of fellow students and alumni from the University of Manchester. Following this, she was selected to participate in a masterclass at the Royal Opera House, working on excerpts from Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro' with Alice Farnham, Sian Edwards and Jessica Cottis. She has also worked as an assistant conductor with Heritage Opera (‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, June 2019) and the West of England Youth Orchestra (January 2019), and participated in a masterclass with Mark Heron, Clark Rundell and the BBC Philharmonic (September 2019). Other conductors she has attended masterclasses with include Jonathan Mann, Toby Purser, John Longstaff and Amy Bebbington.
Katherine enjoys working with student and amateur ensembles and her experience ranges from symphonic repertoire to wind orchestras and chamber choirs. She was musical director of the Crosby Capriol Singers for three years, before recently taking up the post of principal conductor with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also worked as a guest conductor with groups including the Manchester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra and Salford Symphony Orchestra, and upcoming engagements include with the Orchestra of Square Chapel in Halifax.
- Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Winds, Magic Flute Overture, Symphonies 29, 35, 38, 41
- Beethoven: Symphony no.2, Egmont Overture, Fidelio Overture
- Schubert: Symphony no.2, Italian Overture D590
- Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
- Berlioz: Rob Roy Overture, Les Nuits d'Ete (excerpts)
- Brahms: Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn
- Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 5, 6
- Bruch: Violin Concerto no.1
- Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
- Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto no.2
- Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel Overture
- Dvorak: Symphony no.9
- Richard Strauss: Symphony no.2
- Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture, selection of marches and polkas
- Copland: Appalachian Spring, Quiet City and Clarinet Concerto
- Britten: Simple Symphony
- Gershwin: An American in Paris
- John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
- Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (assistant for Heritage Opera, 2019)
- Jonathan Dove: The Enchanted Pig (University of Manchester Opera, 2020, and Buxton International Festival, 2021)
- Handel: Messiah (excerpts)
- Haydn: St. Nicholas Mass, The Creation
- Elgar: Te Deum and Benedictus
- Britten: 5 Flower Songs
- Ives: Psalm 90
Katherine offers private tuition in violin, piano and music theory.
Her approach to teaching is flexible and she will adapt the style and pace of the lessons to suit individual students' needs. She aims to give students a thorough technical grounding and to explore a wide variety of repertoire, using creative methods to develop a range of musicianship skills alongside technique. She also believes it is important for students to share their progress and successes with others, either through taking graded exams or informal performances opportunities. Through one-on-one tuition, she will work with each student to ensure they find the process of learning an instrument enjoyable and rewarding.
Katherine works as a teacher for MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Salford), delivering 1-1, small group and whole class tuition across the borough.
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