Cath was encouraged to sing from an early age by her Mum, who was a soloist in her local Church choir in Bristol. However, it was Dad who introduced her to the world of classical music and in particular, to the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. From humble beginnings as a member of the make-up team for school performances, she was finally tempted onto the stage at Nottingham University in a performance of Patience, was promptly bitten by the performing bug and has done at least one G&S show a year ever since. She has performed most of the contralto solo roles, although one at least has eluded her – Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard. Last time she auditioned for it, the part was given to another member of Heart and Musicwho will be nameless …..
Cath has performed many different styles of music over the years, having been a member of both local Gilbert and Sullivan societies, MK Chorale, Music Makers of Milton Keynes, Company MK, The Guild Singers and a couple of small chamber choirs. Her latest achievement was a musical revue with Company MK – the oldest member of the cast, but she can still strut her stuff with the best! She has also dabbled in direction, collaborating with Malcolm Crane in a musical revue for Music Makers. Nerve-wracking though this was, it fulfilled a life-long ambition which was repeated a few years later when she was Assistant Director for the Wolverton Gilbert and Sullivan production of Salad Days.
Singing with Heart and Music is a thrill for Cath which never dims, combining good friends, good music, the challenge of learning something new and raising money for worthy causes.