Born in Glasgow, Kate began playing the harp at the age of seven where she became the youngest junior scholar to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. Soon after, she gained experience playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland before moving to London to study with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Trinity College of Music. Whilst studying, Kate won the United Kingdom Harp Association Prize and the Croydon Concerto Music Prize.
Currently, Kate appears as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral player performing and recording all over the country, playing at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House. She works regularly with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway and the Ulster Orchestra. She also has freelances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Kate performs with the Aurora Duo, a highly successful flute & harp ensemble who have toured the UK extensively to high acclaim. Finalists of the 'Gaetano Zinetti' International Chamber Music Competition and recommended artists for the Making Music "Young Concert Artist Award", they are in great demand for recitals and have appeared as guest artists on board Black Prince (Fred Olsen) cruise liner. The Aurora Duo are currently working on their next project; creating magical musical journeys through story telling for primary children and children with special needs in a variety of educational settings.
As a session musician, Kate backed the pop band 'McFly' on their Wonderland Tour, playing a blue electric harp for their debut Arena tour (and DVD) of the UK and Ireland. She has also performed on 'Strictly Come Dancing' with Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli. Kate has recorded with a number of bands, from indie pop to jazz fusion on various albums.
Kate enjoys teaching the both the concert harp and the clarsach (celtic harp) to adults and children of all ages. She has a number of private pupils and has held teaching posts both in London and Hampshire, currently holding the position of Harp Professor for HM Royal Marines Music School in Portsmouth and Harp Professor for the University of Southampton. Kate has recently completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Chichester University; an excellent addition to her teaching experience to date.
Over the past ten years, Kate has vast experience playing for functions in and around London. She held a residency at the Sofitel St James', Piccadilly for five years and regularly performs at venues such as The Dorchester, The Landmark Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Ritz, The Natural History Museum and Highclere Castle.