Catherine Backhouse grew up in Edinburgh, received her early vocal training as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral and graduated with a degree in music from Durham University. She was a member of The Rodolfus Choir for five years and her first concert with the choir was Bach’s B minor Mass exactly ten years ago. This June she appeared in the British Première of Flat Pack: An Opera in IKEA by Tom AZ Lane (“It was awesome” – Kate Muir, The Times) and has played the roles of Hatta in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Michal in Handel’s Saul and Maria in West Side Story.
Catherine’s recent concert work has included Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Couperin Leçon de Tenébres in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh; Mozart Mass in C Minor with Bracknell Choral Society, Handel Dixit Dominus with Brockham and Stanmore Choral Societies and Bach St John Passion with Henley Choral Society. Her recital work has featured Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben in St. Mary-At-Hill in London and Mozart Exsultate Jubilate in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh; Poulenc Fiançailles Pour Rire and Britten On This Island. She also performs with the period instrument ensembles Symphonie des Plaisirs and the Squair Mile Viol Consort.
Catherine was a full time member of the a cappella octet Voces8 until September 2009. With the group she gave over 300 concerts around the world; won first prizes in international choral competitions; recorded four albums; appeared live on television and radio and, in London, performed in St. John’s Smith Square, St. George’s Hanover Square and featured as a soloist in Wigmore Hall and The Royal Festival Hall with The Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a member of the choir of St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square and works with the BBC Singers, Polyphony, London Voices, Apollo Voices and Consortium. She is currently studying singing with Nick Powell and in September will start a full time post-graduate vocal studies course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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