In January 2014 Catherine became the first violinist – and only the third ever recipient – of the Royal Philharmonic Society and The Association of British Orchestras’ Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life. ‘A true advocate of the modern orchestral musician’, she was awarded the prize for ‘her great skill of motivating and inspiring colleagues, and for engaging with her audiences.’
Catherine began playing the violin at the age of 5. At 13 she started to study with Sidney Griller, Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She went on to study at the University of Manchester, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and the Royal College of Music in London.
In 1990 Sir Simon Rattle appointed Catherine Sub-Principal Second Violin of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has dedicated her professional life to performing, touring and recording with the CBSO, along side a busy programme of educational activities off the concert platform. She is a founder member of The Stringcredibles, a string quartet of CBSO musicians dedicated to inspiring creativity, supporting instrumental learning and connecting new audiences to culture.
Catherine is currently a board member of the Association of British Orchestras and in January 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, for services to Music Education.
The course is for young musicians aged 12-18 during the time of the course, and at least grade 6 standard.
The students will enjoy fantastic facilities and accommodation, where all aspects of their musical and social development are nurtured by our passionate staff. You can find out more in the following sections: