Sheffield-born Kate has been involved in Music in the Round since she was at school. Growing up, she participated in string projects and concerts and even appeared as a fisherman’s wife in Music in the Round’s opera Daughter of the Sea. Kate continued studying Music at Sheffield University, where she began volunteering for Music in the Round and found her passion for music education. She then gained a position as Project Coordinator of Music in the Round’s Soundplay project before taking up the role of Learning and Participation Coordinator.
Kate has taken on a number of roles within music education including General Manager of Soundpost Community Network and lecturer on the Theatre, Performance and Acting Degree at Rotherham College. She is a sought after voice specialist who delivers voice and singing workshops in an exciting variety of contexts. She has recently completed postgraduate research under the tutelage of voice specialists Jenevora Williams and Declan Costello, focussing on folk singers and their approaches to singing. Having been a past member herself whilst at university, in 2014 she began working with The University of Sheffield Singers’ Society and is now the artistic director of their small ensembles.
Kate is passionate about the power of music in education and regularly leads workshops encouraging teachers to use music as a tool to support learning throughout the EYFS and National Curriculum. She is also a volunteer fundraiser for the Building Bonds Project, which donates and fits slings to families in financial or social hardship.