Articles and Governance

Catherine is a board member of the Association of British Orchestras and was a Player Trustee on the CBSO board for many years.

She has had articles published in Classical Music Magazine, Symphony Magazine (US), Music Teacher Magazine and Arts Professional. Her 2015 articles “Are our orchestral musicians “violin operators” or “evangelists of our art”?” and “Could the John Lewis model be applied to our orchestras?” published in both the UK and the US, led to many speaking and conference engagements.

In 2018 she was invited to give a TEDx talk on the theme of change, choosing to explore the role of how live performance creates change: “A World of Contradiction: How great performances change us”.

She has presented at conferences internationally, most recently in the UK, Russia, Brazil and the Netherlands. In January 2019 she helped launch the ABO conference in Belfast with the provocation: “Orchestras are Irrelevant”  and in the same year presented at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam.

Are our orchestral musicians ‘violin operators’ or ‘evangelists for our art’?

Why does creativity matter?

Could the John Lewis model be applied to our orchestras?

A World of Contradiction: How great performances change us