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 (Masters in Vocal Performance).
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, including playing Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Britten); Rosalinda in Die Feldermaus (Strauss) and Angelica in The Poisoned Kiss (Vaughan Williams). Katy performed regularly with The Miranda Wright Singers, including playing Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro in July 2011, in a production that toured the North East of England. 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 David Jones, Ann Lampard, Claire Booth, Claire Weston, Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau.
Katy has participated in the St. Endellion Easter Festival since 2009, 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).
An experienced choral singer, Katy sang with a variety of chapel choirs whilst at university as well as the Durham Cathedral Consort of Voices, Durham University Polyphony and Durham University Capella. She sang with the National Youth Choir of Scotland from 2006-2011 and was a founding member of the Scottish chamber choir Caledonian Voices. She has also sung with the St. Endellion Easter Festival Chorus; Endelienta Scholars; London Philharmonic Choir; St Paul’s Cathedral Chorus and was the soprano scholar at All Saint’s Church in Putney from 2013-2015.
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. This concert was supported by Durham University and also featured the new Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, singing Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. In May 2015, Katy was the Soprano soloist for the recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat for Convivium Records (now available to purchase on the website).
Other performance highlights include: soprano soloist for the Oxford Spezzati and Soloists performance of Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony ‘Hymn of Praise’ (October 2016); soprano soloist and member of the Philharmonia Singers in the Klosters Alpine Concert Series (Switzerland, December 2016). Katy recently sang in the Chorus for Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca (June 2017) and played La Virtù (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi) and Angelica (Orlando, Handel) in RCM Opera Scenes. Passionate about English Song, Katy was thrilled to win second prize in The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2017.
Future engagements include: featuring as the soprano soloist for Welsh National Opera and North East Wales Sinfonia at the North Wales International Music Festival (September 2017) as well as singing in the Chorus for English Touring Opera’s production of Rameau’s Dardanus (October – November 2017).
She is generously supported in her studies by The Caird Trust; The Cross Trust; The Kathleen Trust; The Robertson Trust; The Scottish International Education Trust; David Greenhough and is grateful to be an RCM Award Holder.
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