Catherine Ring



Catherine Ring is a freelance session musician based in London. She is a member of the Colin Currie Group, and nine-piece brass band Perhaps Contraption.
Catherine studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she received a First Class Honours degree and was awarded a Woolfson Bursary before continuing as a Chamber Music Fellow. She is also a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow and an examiner for ABRSM.

Theatre and Commercial

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

Chamber Music and Orchestral

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 here.

Catherine was the principal percussionist of Southbank Sinfonia 10. She has worked with orchestras both in the UK and abroad including:
-Philharmonia Orchestra
-Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
-BBC Concert Orchestra
-Britten-Pears Symphony Orchestra
-Academies Festival Orchestra in Singapore

Perhaps Contraption

After joining the band in 2016, Catherine has performed in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands with her band Perhaps Contraption. The band also secured a residency at the London Jazz Festival 2016. Notoriously difficult to define, see the band's website here to find out more...


A strong interest in the music of Brazil led 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 it's effect on children and the community. Since then, she returned to Brazil twice more and performed alongside Monobloco and Sargento Pimenta in some of Rio de Janeiro's most prestigious venues. In 2014, she made her Notting Hill Carnival debut playing Maracatu with Mariana Pinho and the Yamuna Yemanja project.


Catherine is an enthusiastic teacher and collaborator. As well as her work as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, she regularly delivers samba, West African drumming and other percussion workshops both privately and through Drum Africa. Alongside her teaching at Eltham College and Bromley High, she 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” -

“Equally bracing was the lunchtime stamina of Catherine Ring” -

"Catherine Ring flew around the marimba with her precise, incisive mallet strokes" -

“Catherine Ring’s timpani playing (in Brahms No.1) was particularly noteworthy” -

"She impressed greatly as a soloist in Rebonds" -

"Catherine Ring was a study in concentration as she deftly played triangle, bass drum, side drum and cymbals." -

“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged all the young people and their evaluations of the project were very positive” -


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