Schools and Family Concerts

Since 1996, Catherine has devised numerous interactive schools and family performances to captivate young audiences, working with orchestras across the UK. 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 sharing this work she has worked alongside many conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Gianandrea Noseda and Michael Seal.

Since 2016 she has been a regular presenter of schools concerts for the Ulster Orchestra, performing across Northern Ireland.

In 2018 she joined CBSO’s Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla to programme and present two family concert performances and a series of schools concerts.

In November 2015 she performed Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the CBSO in Symphony Hall and then completed the concert with all the musicians out 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.