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Catherine is a freelance cellist with an MA from the Royal Academy of Music. She is interested in a wide range of musical styles and genres.
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Catherine is a cellist based in both Berkshire and Central London. She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Music, and from the Royal Academy of Music in 2022 with an MA in performance. Catherine started cello lessons at the age of three. Her first teacher was Penny Heath, who taught her until she achieved her grade 8 with distinction in 2012. After this Catherine joined the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and got her grade 8 in music theory. Catherine was awarded a music scholarship to Farnborough Sixth Form College, and went on to study Music at Cambridge University, where she held an Instrumental Award Scheme scholarship and began having cello lessons with Felix Schmidt at the Royal Academy of Music through the CAMRAM scheme, a joint scheme between Cambridge and Academy. Catherine chose to study music at university because, whilst she loved playing cello, she wanted to learn more about the world and music’s place in it today. She took courses such as Ethnomusicology and Decolonising the Ear and developed an interest in music from around the world and the ways it can have an impact on and reflect society. Catherine recently finished her studies at Academy. It was here that her interest in music has expanded to encompass a wider variety of styles and genres. She worked with composition students at Academy to perform their music, including Kirsten Strom’s Pour Esperance for unaccompanied cello. She also became more interested in music from around the world and performed Contramarea, by the Costa Rican band Malpais, with her band Goodenough Unplugged. She works with this group on pop and rock music too, including pieces such as Nothing Else Matters by Metallica and Heal The World by Michael Jackson. Catherine also learned a selection of pieces from Wood Works with her string quartet. These are arrangements of Danish folk tunes created by the Danish String Quartet. Inspired by a talk given by the pianist and composer Sarah Nicolls, in which she spoke about her work 12 Years, Catherine organised an environmentally themed concert which encompassed her interest in a wide variety of musical styles and genres, including pieces from Wood Works, Trees by Kirsten Strom, and pop songs including Mother Nature’s Son by the Beatles. Catherine was selected for a public cello masterclass with Steven Doane at an annual conference of the European String Teachers Association, and has also had a masterclass with him at the Royal Academy of Music. She has also had masterclasses with other internationally acclaimed cellists including Louise Hopkins, Philippe Muller, Julian Lloyd Webber and Natalie Clein. Catherine is a retired member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and Surrey County Youth Orchestra. She has also been a member of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and the Cambridge University Orchestra. More recently, she has played in concerts with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Opera Orchestra. She also regularly plays with the London Music Theatre Orchestra.

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Guy B
3 years ago, for a Concert in St Jude's Rd
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5 out of 5

"Catherine performed a wonderful concert for our virtual series of 2020 providing a varied and engaging programme for our listeners and showing that she can turn her hand admirably to a variety of styles. Her sensitive performance of the Bach cello suite was particularly memorable as was the rapport she clearly has with her musicals partners which shone through in the duets and trios. An artist I can highly recommend!"

Dorinda T
3 years ago, for a Concert in Far End
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5 out of 5

“Catherine very kindly gave a wonderful concert for our Residents at our Care Home in Crowthorne. She is surely a most talented Cellist with a wonderful ‘playlist’ . She even edited a piece so that it fitted into the time we had available, so as to play additional pieces. She has a wonderful and caring attitude and ensured all Residents felt included. Thank you Catherine.”

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Catherine Porter's Song list

Barrière: Sonate à deux in G major (arr. Jörg Baumann)
Brackett Jr.: Simple Gifts Yo-Yo Ma and Allison Krauss version (arr. Catherine Porter for cello and bass)
Jules Massenet: Duet for Cello and Bass
Léo Delibes: Leçon à déchiffrer pour la contrebasse (for double bass and cello)
De Fesch: Sonata for Two Cellos in G minor, Op. 8b No. 5
Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Cello and Violin
Lin-Manuel Miranda: How Far I'll Go from Disney Moana (arr. Joseph Cowie for cello and bass)
Rossini: Duet For Cello and Bass in D major
Villa-Lobos: The Jet Whistle for Flute and Cello
Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in B flat major for cello and continuo RV 46
String Quartets:
Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
Beethoven: String Quartet in Eb major, Op. 74
Haydn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5
Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K. 138
The Danish String Quartet: Wood Works
Piano Trios:
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer"
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky"
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio No. 1 in G minor
Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Clarinet Trios:
Beethoven: Trio in B flat, Op. 11
Brahms: Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Frühling: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 40
Other Groups:
Doppler: Nocturne, Op. 19
Ginastera: Impresiones de la Puna for Flute and String Quartet
Malpaís: Contramarea (arr. Catherine Porter)
Metallica: Nothing Else Matters (arr. Catherine Porter)
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Luis Miguel: La Bikina (arr. Catherine Porter)
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370/368b
Popper: Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op.66
Schnittke: Piano Quintet, Op. 108
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956
Spohr: Nonet in F major, Op. 31
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D major
Tchaikovsky: Nocturne for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 19 No. 4
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33
Vivaldi: Concerto for two cellos in G minor, RV 531
Duo Sonatas with Piano:
Beethoven: Sonata in F major for Cello and Piano, Op. 5 No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 No. 1
Beethoven: Seven Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', WoO 46
Bloch: "Prayer" from Jewish Life
Boulanger: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
Brahms: Sonata in E minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 38
Chopin: Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 3 (ed. Rose)
De Falla: Ritual Fire Dance (arr. Piatigorsky)
Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel opus 71
Mendelssohn: Sonata in D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 58
Paganini: Variations on a theme by Rossini (arr. Pierre Fournier)
Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
Rachmaninoff: Two Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 2
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for cello and piano, Op. 34, No. 14
Shostakovich: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40
C. M. Weber: Adagio and Rondo, Op. 10 (arr. Piatigorsky)
Bach: Suites I, II and III
Tagell: Suite Espagnole No. 1
Samuel Máynez Vidal: Scherzo Mexicano

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