Katherine is a pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and animateur. A recent graduate from Christ Church, Oxford she now studies at the Royal College of Music under Niel Immelman. Her early piano studies were with Kent-based concert pianist Ronald Smith which gained her a Music Scholarship at St. Edmund’s School, then as a pupil of Yonty Solomon at the age of 15 when she won Marlowe Young Musician of the year. At this time she was invited to give her first solo public recital in London, and since then she has performed as solo pianist, orchestral pianist and repetiteur in Europe and the USA. Katherine was accepted into the Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy, where she won the Course Prize, and she worked on Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire as a student at Dartington International Summer School in 2010, and Ligeti's Kammerkonzert as a student at the London Sinfonietta Academy 2011. This season, Katherine's engagements have included performances at the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival, Kings Place, and the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall. She was delighted to give the UK premiere of Varese's own arrangement of 'Ameriques' for 8 hands with the Francoise-Green Piano Duo and to perform works by Graham Fitkin at the 2011 BBC Proms Plus series broadcast on Radio 3.
Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm
with Whitstable Dance
Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office
Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.
Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?
Call Nicky Pound, Canterbury Orchestra Manager on 01304 812755 or email us to find out whether we have vacancies.