Katherine is a composer and singer based in London with a multigenre approach to music making, having trained as a vocalist in classical, jazz, soul, pop, Hindustani music and free improvisation. She performs as a piano vocalist throughout London and records as a session vocalist for adverts, films, radio and video games worldwide. She is currently singing in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2017 production of Titus Andronicus.
Katherine began her musical training at the junior department of Trinity College of Music, where she was the recipient of the Chappell Prize for Composition and went on to obtain her bachelor's degree from Leeds College of Music, receiving the Michael Grady Composition award upon graduating. She was later awarded the Douglas and Hilda Simmons Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music and graduated with a masters degree in Composition for Screen in 2011. Katherine was selected for the SPNM Composer Shortlist 2008-2011 and is featured on Sound and Music's British Music Collection.
She has since scored award winning animations, documentaries and shorts, including the powerful documentary Hear Our Voices (director Khurrum Mahmood), shown at the first meeting of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in New York, praised by Hillary Clinton and a short film for Aston Martin. She has collaborated with the poet and director Chrys Salt MBE, setting her work 'Baghdad 2003' to music, orchestrated for tenor voice, harp and string quartet.
Katherine is also frequently sought after in arts education for voice and creative music workshops, pre-concert talks and community education projects including work with Glyndebourne Education, Royal College of Music, Pegasus Opera, IntoUniversity, HMDT, Pro Corda and City of London Festival. She is passionate about inclusivity in the arts and has qualified with a Level 2 BSL certificate from the Institute of British Sign Language.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon - 23 Jun - 2 Sep 2017
Barbican Theatre, London - 7 Dec 2017 - 19 Jan 2018
In Cinemas - Broadcast live on 9 Aug 2017
Katherine was commissioned in January to 2017 to compose a piece for choir and saxophone by Jesse Bannister. A Boundless Space premiered in Leeds, March 2017 as part of his 'Sacred Spaces' project.
Currently she is working on Collateral Damage; a multi-media project based on the poems of Chrys Salt MBE (published in her limited edition pamphlet Home Front / Front Line, Roncadora 2013), composed for soprano, baritone and piano. It records Salt's response to the 2003 invasion of Iraq where her son was a combatant. It refers to the human impacts of war in 'the theatre' and to the families on the 'home front' and aims for performances in 2018 to commemorate the end of WWI.
‘…..it is a brave, beautiful and deeply unsettling way of making the reader look again at long-familiar events, as though the mother of Wilfred Owen or Edward Thomas had kept a verse diary during the first world war. (The Morning Star)
(It) seems that WW1 wasn't the only war to produce poetry of grandeur.' (The Journal).
Collateral Damage will also feature the work 'Baghdad 2003', composed previously for tenor and chamber ensemble. For this collection of works it will be rearranged for voice and piano.