Kate’s work combines effective use of the performing body with precise technique and sound production of her instrument through the medium of contemporary classical music. She studied at the University of Huddersfield with Philip Thomas between 2003-2009 and has since studied with Ian Pace. She has played across Europe and the UK as a soloist or with a number of ensembles, including Heather Roche, Peyee Chen, Distractfold and Dark Inventions. In 2014, she premiered Steven Takasugi’s The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Laughing (2009) with Distractfold and won the Kranichstein Music Prize for Interpretation at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt.
In more recent years, Kate has focussed on more locally-based projects whilst bringing up her two children. This has involved collaborating with composers at the University of York, where she teaches piano. Projects have included working with composer Morag Galloway on What Does This Moment Require; a piece about the transition to motherhood. She also facilitates the York hub of the Mothers Who Make creative network.
Other notable collaborations include her work with Ray Evanoff and Ben Isaacs, with whom she began to develop her understanding of touch and sound using composed, constraining notational systems. She continues to develop this today through a wider awareness of the performing body and its effective contribution to sound production.