Meet the Team
Kate studied music at Cardiff University, where she played the organ at St. David’s Cathedral and was Principal Percussionist for the University Symphony Orchestra. Whilst at Cardiff, Kate studied composition extensively and received inspirational tuition in conducting and Musical Direction.
She has played percussion for a number of shows, including Oliver!, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweeney Todd and was also kit player for a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story at the Wales Millennium Centre.
She held the post of Musical Director at Trinity URC for three years before moving to Cornwall and was Musical Director and composer on a new, professional production of Twelfth Night in 2017 at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth. She was also musical director for Sterts Theatre’s 2017 family show Bugsy Malone, involving 50 young people and live, on-stage jazz band.
Kate is particularly passionate about using the performing arts to improve the outlook of children’s lives and founded the Early Energy Centre in 2016 in order to create an inclusive environment where all young people can benefit from experiencing the performing arts. The Early Energy Centre offers music tuition to groups and individuals and also runs Caradon Youth Choir, Dance and Theatre company. She is MD for Caradon Youth Theatre, who’s first production was the brilliant Sister Act. She is currently working on two productions due to be performed in 2019; 13 the musical and Peter Pan. She is also MD for Caradon Youth Choir, who perform regularly throughout the year at many events in Devon and Cornwall, particular highlights this year have included two performances in St. Neot.
In order to further improve the lives of young people, Kate is studying an MSc in Educational Neuroscince at Birkbeck College and University College London. She hopes to start a PhD in 2019 to further her research into child development and the arts.
Kate is delighted to have recently been appointed musical director at St. Neot church. With a beautiful Willis organ, four-part choir and stunning acoustic, music thrives at the church and is a wonderful thing to be a part of.
Fernley Rowe (PCC)
Valarie Bunt (PCC)
Tony Ward (PCC)
Dudley Harris (PCC)
Andy Thompson (PCC)