Katy began singing as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, at the age of eight. She currently lives in London, studying singing with Janis Kelly at The Royal College of Music International Opera School (scholar). She recently graduated from the RCM Masters in Vocal Performance with Distinction (July 2018).
Operatic experience includes: Susan Wheeler in Huw Watkin’s In the Locked Room; Chief Hen, Inkeeper’s Wife and Chorus for the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio’s production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (December 2017); Phrygian Woman and Chorus in English Touring Opera’s production of Dardanus (Rameau, October – November 2017); Chorus for Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca (June 2017); La Virtù (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), Angelica (Orlando, Handel) and Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte, Mozart) in RCM Opera Scenes.
Passionate about English Song, Katy was thrilled to win second prize in The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2017. For future engagements, please see the Performances page.
Other recent performance highlights include: soprano soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Myths and Fairytales at the Cadogan Hall (March 2018); Soprano soloist for the Welsh National Opera and NEW Sinfonia A Magnificat Journey concert in the North Wales International Music Festival (September 2017); Soprano soloist for the NEW Sinfonia New Year Viennese Gala Concerts (January 2018); soprano soloist and member of the Klosters Festival Singers in the Klosters Music Festival (Switzerland, December 2016 and December 2017). In May 2015, Katy was the Soprano soloist for the recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat with Convivium Records (now available to purchase on their website: click here). In March 2014 Katy was the soprano soloist for the World Premiere of George Dyson’s Choral Symphony with the New London Orchestra and the London Chorus in St John’s Smith Square, conducted by Ronald Corp.
Katy has participated in the St. Endellion Easter Festival since 2009, and is now Vice-Chairman of the Festival. Highlights of her performances there include: Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, conducted by Jamie Burton (2011); semi-chorus of Janáček’s Diary Of One Who Disappeared, (2012); soloist for Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music, conducted by Eamonn Dougan (2015), and she performed James MacMillan’s Three Scots Songs with Christopher Glynn in 2018.
Katy graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours Degree in June 2012. Whilst at Durham, she performed in various Durham Opera Ensemble productions, as well as singing regularly with The Miranda Wright Singers. With Professor Jeremy Dibble she gave a recital for the Stanford Society and featured as a soloist on the Durham University CD of Sir John Stainer’s Sacred Music. She was awarded a place on the first ever Samling Academy course in October 2012 and has sung in masterclasses with John Mark Ainsley, Sir Thomas Allen, Claire Booth, David Jones, Ann Lampard, Dame Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau and Claire Weston.
She is generously supported in her studies by The Caird Trust; The Cross Trust; The Josephine Baker Trust; The Kathleen Trust; The Robertson Trust; The Scottish International Education Trust; and is an RCM Award Holder, as a Ruth West Scholar.
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