Musicians' & Songwriters' Yearbook 2008
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Katie Chatburn: Biography

Katie trained in composition at the Royal Academy of Music followed by an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music. She now works as a professional composer across a variety of fields with an emphasis on cross discipline work - including original music for radio drama, film/TV orchestration and composition, pop/rock string arranging, original theatre and dance projects, collaborations with contemporary poets and a range of educational and outreach work.

Her music has been performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Stafford Gatehouse, The Imperial War Museum and The British Museum, at festivals including Manchester Chamber Music Festival and Leeds Lieder and by ensembles including Manchester Camerata, the Locrian Ensemble, the Acapella Singers, The Hepton Singers, Hull Sinfonietta, COMA ensembles and The Pennine Spring Music Orchestra. She was nominated for ‘Best Score’ at the 2012 Underwire Film Festival and was awarded the RNCM Rosamund Prize for art song in 2013 for her collaboration with poet Sarah Pepin. Her original music for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Poet Librettists’ featuring Michael Symmons-Roberts was broadcast in 2014 and her new music for radio drama ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ featuring Tony Robinson will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day 2015.

Credits for arrangements and orchestrations include work for Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Imogen Heap, Parka (Jeepster Records) Marc Carroll (Rough Trade), the BBC and ITV including orchestration for the new series of detective drama ‘Endeavour’ and new ITV series ‘Saved’ both to be aired in January 2015. Recent work on feature films includes orchestrations and arranging work for ‘The Next Human’, ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’ and Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Man from Uncle’.

Katie works as composer on a number of outreach projects and in 2014 she was commissioned as part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s ‘Rhapsody’ project to compose original music for the hospital’s innovative art audio trail. She also works regularly for Manchester Camerata’s Learning Department and was Composer in Residence for their work across schools, day centres and hospitals during 2014.

Katie writes, arranges and produces recordings for the national schools’ 'Sing Up' project and is a popular music consultant for the ABRSM working on developing their new popular music theory and aural grades. As an editor and writer, she wrote a leading music publication for key publishers AC and Black ‘The Musicians and Songwriters Yearbook’ which was published in July 2008 and has contributed articles to various publications. She co-wrote the Royal Northern College of Music Popular Music BMus and has previously co-written degrees for Birmingham City University and The Academy of Contemporary Music.

Katie holds an LRAM qualification and in 2009 completed a post 16 PGCE with the Institute of Education. She currently lectures part time in Film Music, Composition/Songwriting, Musicianship, Popular Culture Studies and Music Business at the Royal Northern College of Music, prior to which she taught at Leeds College of Music, The Academy of Contemporary Music (where she was also Head of Performance and Curriculum) and A Level Music Technology and Composition at Eton College. She works as a mentor for Music for Youth, has run summer schools for Aim Higher and was selected to participate in the Opera North 'Artist Excellence' programme for Music Educators.

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