Kate has been involved in many educational projects both in the UK and further afield in Europe, US and Canada. She trained with Kendall Taylor and Yonty Solomon at Royal College of Music. After graduating (93), she worked as a Live Music Now musician, performing across the UK for a diverse range of audiences. She is currently a Visiting Tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a Tutor for the Young Musicians Programme at Sage, Gateshead. Her trio SoundKarD are Ensemble in Residence at School of Arts and Creative Technologies, University of Ulster. She has been Producer for Sound and Music/NMC Next Wave Higher Education Programme, for 2017.
Kate devised and co-ordinated a number of composition and performance based projects, including with Newcastle and Durham Universities (as part of I3, the composition strand of the Centre for Excellence in Music and Inclusivity) and multi schools’ based project The Keyboard Collective Project with Sound Festival, Aberdeen University and Sound and Music. Her ensemble Galvanize, has developed workshops for student composers (University of Kent, MidKent College) as part of their improvisation and fine art project Happenstance (2015), with LSO Soundhub composers Helen Papaioannou and Robert Szymanek, supported by Arts Council England.
As a promoter of music by living composers Kate has been involved in commissioning and workshop projects at many Universities and Colleges including CoLab (Trinity Laban), Quantulum project (Newcastle University, Royal Academy of Music, Brunel University) with undergraduate student composers developing material alongside composers such as Kerry Andrew, Ailis Ní Ríain, Christine Abdelnour, Elo Masing, Yuko Ohara and Helena Gough; Bartok Mikrokosmos marathon at The Sage, Gateshead with young pianists. Kate’s Miniaturised Concertos project took commissions by Philip Cashian, Colin Riley, Andrew Poppy from development to performance with students from South West Music School, in residencies at Dartington; Katharine Norman’s Making Place and pieces by student composers at Falmouth University; Naomi Pinnock’s Always again to Huddersfield Festival with York University’s student led Chimera Ensemble.
Her role as pianist/director with Piano Circus (02-12) as Associate Ensemble at Brunel University, invited many composers including Clarence Barlow, Graham Fitkin, Lynne Plowman and Shiva Feshareki to work with the group, and student collaborative projects including Enterprise Festival The Space (Federico Reuben PRSF), Piano Family Day – Glasgow City of Music, Colorado College Residency with student group, the Bowed Piano Ensemble, Montclair University New Jersey, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms; as Associate Ensemble for Young Composer of Dyfed competition, Lang Lang Inspires at Southbank Centre. Kate produced Piano Circus 20th anniversary festival 20in09 supported by Arts Council England- a series of events for student composers and players including Trinity Laban (Fluid Piano), Brunel University (Errollyn Wallen & Brunel Jazz Bridge) at Hoxton Hall and Oxford House, with workshops and performances for schools in Hackney and Hillingdon.