Kate lives in Stoke-On-Trent.
In a nutshell
Singer, musician, choir leader and community artist. image maker and designer.
Kate is a professional musician and singer, and has worked as a musician on many community arts projects involving singing, percussion and music with all age groups and abilities.
She is co-director of Cat Island, a company which has been developing traditional and community arts since 1982.
Kate started running choirs and workshops in 2002 and is the MD of several singing groups.
Choirs and Groups
The Loudmouth Women is a 30-strong open access women`s community choir based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme that has been running since 2007. They do occasional performances throughout the year. www.loudmouthwomen.co.uk
Clay Chorus is an open access community singing group in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent. Clay Chorus was initially formed to provide the music for a b.arts community theatre show “Clay”, and has been running since 2009.
The Mystery Singers sing old traditional Christmas carols and other seasonal songs in the winter months. They are an open access community singing group for men and women in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, and have been around since 2007.
Leek Community Choir meets every two months at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, Staffordshire. It is run by Kate and Greg Stephens.
Stoke Singing for Lung Health group is part of a national programme of singing groups set up for people living with lung conditions such as COPD. Recent research has shown that singing can help people with lung conditions to preserve their lung function and improve their quality of life. The group meets on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Community Room, West End Village, London Road, Boothen, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 5AB.
What people have said:
“Can’t imagine being without our choir sessions..they’re food for the soul.”
“I would never have believed it, but your sessions are very energising.”
Other singing projects
Singing workshops at festivals, in schools and children`s centres, for teenagers, in the workplace for well being days, U3A groups.
Singing sessions in care homes and Stafford psychiatric hospital.
Kate has worked with refugees and asylum seekers on recording and performance projects and led a project in schools with Zimbabwean refugee singers in Cheshire and Staffordshire to teach songs to children.
Raise the Roof! singing workshops for women at Elizabeth Trust women’s refuge, Newcastle Under Lyme.
Singing Workshops in Drake Hall Women`s Prison.
Kate directed the choral music for Penkhull Mystery Plays (Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent) in 2005 – 2010, as well as running the making workshops, designing the shows, etc.www.penkhullmysteries.co.uk/
She worked as a musician and maker in New Zealand with b.arts at Wellington Women`s Theatre Festival for the opening ceremony, and at Paekakariki Maori Festival where she learnt Maori songs.
Playing and singing professionally for 30 years.
Singing in community choirs, co-leading a choir, leading choirs.
Singing Workshop Leaders’ Training Course Week with Frankie Armstrong and Darien Pritchard.
Singing for Larks Workshop Leaders’ Training Weekend with Faith Watson.
Workshop Leaders’ training workshop with Pete Moser and Mary Keith.
The Boat Band
Kate has played with the Boat Band for 25 years since it started in 1989, She is a singer, fiddler and trombonist playing NW English folk music, Cajun dance music, blues, etc. The Boat Band play at art centres, festivals, folk clubs and barn dances throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, including 16 appearances at Glastonbury Festival. Kate has recorded eight albums with the Boat Band and three other recordings – www.boatband.co.uk
The Boat Band`s latest CD with special guests is due to be released later this year.
Barfield and Brennan
Sings in a duo with Esther Brennan. Esther Brennan`s CD is due out later this year!
Kate has played percussion and trombone in numerous carnival and street bands and at outdoor theatre events since 1982.
Kate is a designer and maker of carnival and other images, show sets and fire drawings over the past 20 years. Designer of the Penkhull Mystery plays 2005 – 2010. Has worked on projects for various companies including: Welfare State International, Dog Troep (Netherlands), b.arts, Walk The Plank, Cat Island, Action Transport, Emergency Exit Arts, Letting in the Light, Action Space, Liverpool Lanterns, Charivari, Dance Tales, Chester Mystery Plays, Penkhull Mystery Plays.