Professor of Trombone (Senior Tutor)
Email: [email protected]
- Teaching tenor trombone (undergraduate and postgraduate level)
- Teaching Alto Trombone
- Coaching Trombone Ensemble and other Chamber Groups
- Organising Trombone Classes
Katy has been Principal Trombone with the Hallé Orchestra since 2012, and Senior Tutor at the RNCM since 2015. Her professional career began in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before moving to become Co-Principal Trombone in the London Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Boulez, Previn, Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis. She has also worked as Guest Principal with many of the UK’s orchestras, and can be heard on numerous soundtracks, including Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and a number of the Harry Potter films.
Katy has a keen interest in teaching and coaching. She is a tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and a visiting tutor at Chetham’s School of Music. Her particular interests include researching the anatomy, physiology and neurology of brass playing, and she has delivered lectures to students at the RNCM, RAM, Dublin Brass Week, and the Norwegian Academy.
Katy is regularly asked to be a guest soloist and give masterclasses at international brass festivals. Previous work includes the 2017 Arctic Trombone Festival, Dublin Brass Week, and the Positively Brass Symposium in Trossingen. Future plans include a visit to Oslo in Spring 2022.
Her solo and chamber music playing can be heard on recent recordings of Edward Gregson’s music, and Fine Arts Brass recordings, including a full disk of Malcolm Arnold’s brass works. John Casken wrote a concerto, “The Madonna of Silence”, for her to play with the Hallé, which she did in 2019 at Bridgewater Hall, and live on BBC Radio 3. A solo performance of Gary Carpenter’s Fischietto è Morto for trombone and string quintet (Psappha) was streamed live on you tube in spring 2021.
Katy enjoys working with the other trombone tutors at RNCM to create both an inspiring and supportive department for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate trombone students. We work with visiting masterclass guests (previous visitors have included Ian Bousfield, Håkan Bjorkman, Jesper Busk Sorensen and Brandt Attema) and our current International Visiting Artist, Marshall Gilkes, to provide a varied and exciting variety of trombone classes.
Current and Future Research
I am conducting ongoing research into the physiology and anatomy of brass playing, most especially ergonomics and breathing. I have also completed a course in coaching to help support the students in finding their own path into the profession.
- Principal Trombone Hallé Orchestra
- Senior Tutor RNCM
- Vistiting Trombone Tutor, Chetham’s School of Music
- Member of Fine Arts Brass Quintet
- Tutor, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
- Guest player throughout UK and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.