Schools and Family Concerts

A regular presenter of Family and Schools concerts since 1996, Catherine has devised numerous interactive performances to captivate young audiences.
Programmes have included Peter and the Wolf, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, The Composer is Dead – Lemony Snicket’s Whodunnit, What a Feeling, Dance around the World, On a Mission and Musical Milestones.

In November 2015 the CBSO performed Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in Symphony Hall and then completed the concert in the foyers, culminating in Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks performed across all four foyer levels with the audience in and amongst the musicians – a true surround sound experience.

2013 saw a unique collaboration between the CBSO, DBS Law, the road safety charity Brake and Birmingham City Council, in the creation of “Clock onto Safety”. Winner of a Jaguar Land Business Champions Award, from Arts and Business, these concerts used music and story telling to teach young children to cross the road safely. Leading the creative team, Catherine worked collaboratively with storyteller, Nikky Smedley and composer Victoria Arlidge.