Catherine is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied saxophone with John Harle and Christian Forshaw. Catherine began to explore her interest in composition during her time at college, writing and arranging music to create new repertoire for herself and the many ensembles she was involved in. One of her first compositions; Palpitation, was premiered by saxophone quartet Quadrophonia at the 2006 World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. The response encouraged Catherine to develop her writing further, leading to pieces for saxophone and piano, saxophone ensemble as well as more obscure combinations such as saxophone with electric violin, bass guitar and percussion - the instrumentation for From the East of Ireland: a fusion of eastern European and Celtic folk music reflecting her taste for earthy music with real drive, which has since become one of her compositional idioms.
Catherine is one of the composers of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain's 7 Wonders Project and will work alongside Nigel Wood, Richard Ingham, Andy Scott, Graham Coatman, Roger May and Matthew London to create a seven-movement composition based on the seven wonders of the modern world. Each movement will feature a different saxophone, and Catherine will be composing the bass saxophone movement, inspired by The Great Wall of China - fitting after her organisation of the NSC's China trip in 2007. The piece will be premiered at the CBSO centre on 20th March 2009, before it is taken to the World Saxophone Congress in Thailand in the summer.
Her recent work Slip Reel is the first of several pieces published by Saxtet Publications, and launches the publication's NSC Series.
Catherine's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: