Cathy enjoys a varied career in the music profession performing regularly with the London Mozart Players and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. For twenty years she was a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields touring and recording extensively with them and was also a member of Rambert Orchestra. She has taught for the Junior Departments of the Royal Academy, Royal College and Guildhall School of Music & Drama and maintains a lively private teaching practice for students aged 5 to 18+.
Cathy loves teaching and was one of the pioneers developing good pedagogic foundations for young bass players in the 1980s and 1990s. She has published various methods and repertoire for solo and ensemble bass under the imprint of Bartholomew Music Publications. She has advised Boosey & Hawkes on publishing projects, co-authored The Essential String Method and more recently selected, arranged and edited the double bass books in their Grade by Grade series. She regularly advises both the ABRSM and Trinity Music Exams on string matters with particular reference to the double bass. In 2009 the International Society of Bassists recognized her as a Young Bassists Ambassador.
Cathy is passionate about good teaching practice and worked for many years alongside Sheila Nelson absorbing Sheila’s ideas about string pedagogy. She has organized numerous professional development courses for string teachers and has been a member of ESTA for over 30 years. She has variously been a member of ESTA(UK) Council, Chair of ESTA(UK) (2004-2009) and Project Director (2009-2012). She was instrumental in the planning of the 2013 Oxford ESTA International Conference. In 2014 Cathy received the ESTA award in recognition of services to the European String Teachers’ Association and has been a mentor on the ESTA PGC course.