Catherine Ring is a freelance session musician based in London and the South West. She is a member of the Colin Currie Group, ensemblebash percussion quartet, and nine-piece brass band Perhaps Contraption.
She studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she gained a First Class degree with honours.
Catherine's theatre and commercial work includes:
-Lion King musical UK
-Daughter tour UK
-Gaz Coombes album launch, London
-Katherine Jenkins recording for Sky Arts
-Cathal Smyth album launch, London
-Zingzillas samba episode with Rhythms of the City samba band
-Imogen Heap and ensemblebash, BBC Proms
-Dionne Warwick and friends, World Hunger Day, Royal Albert Hall
-Clod Ensemble Theatre company in their production of ‘An Anatomie’ at Sadlers Wells theatre
Catherine performs with the critically acclaimed Colin Currie Group, a virtuosic percussion ensemble that specialises in the work of Steve Reich. The group performed Tehillim and Drumming in London's Royal Festival Hall in May 2017, followed by a recording of Drumming which will be released soon! Reviews of their sell-out performance of Music for 18 Musicians can be found
As a new member of percussion quartet ensemblebash, Catherine has many exciting projects coming up including performances in London, Cambridge and new works in Plymouth. See their website for details: www.ensemblebash.com
Catherine was the principal percussionist of Southbank Sinfonia 10. She has worked with orchestras both in the UK and abroad including:
-Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
-BBC Concert Orchestra
-Britten-Pears Symphony Orchestra
-Academies Festival Orchestra in Singapore
After joining the band in 2016, Catherine has performed in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands with Perhaps Contraption. The group also secured a residency at the London Jazz Festival 2016.
Perhaps Contraption are honoured to have achieved an Aldeburgh Open Space Residency. It is here that they are in the process of writing new material as part of a bigger show. Watch this space for updates!
Catherine is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop facilitator. Alongside her role as percussion tutor at Eltham College, Catherine examines for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). She can also be found leading samba, West African drumming and other percussion workshops. Please use the contact form below if you would like further information.
A strong interest in the music of Brazil drove Catherine to gain a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This permitted her to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador to conduct research into samba music and dance and its effect on children and the community.
At the end of 2017 Catherine took a masterclass at Guildhall School of Music, and has been involved in working with Postgraduate students at Mountview Academy of the Arts, LSO Discovery work, Wigmore Hall education, LPO Funharmonics and ETO education department. Catherine was also a guest tutor at Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016.
“Catherine Ring, once more, was superb” - classicalsource.com
“Equally bracing was the lunchtime stamina of Catherine Ring” - timesonline.co.uk
"Catherine Ring flew around the marimba with her precise, incisive mallet strokes" - bachtrack.com
“Catherine Ring’s timpani playing (in Brahms No.1) was particularly noteworthy” - classicalsource.com
"She impressed greatly as a soloist in Rebonds" - musicalpointers.co.uk
"Catherine Ring was a study in concentration as she deftly played triangle, bass drum, side drum and cymbals." - thornburychoralsociety.org.uk
“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged all the young people and their evaluations of the project were very positive” - communitymusicinaction.wordpress.com
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