THE ACADEMY of?ST OLAVE’S – Katherine Medway
Katherine Medway is a freelance horn player and teacher of secondary school music.
Katherine Medway is a freelance horn player and teacher of secondary school music. Katherine also enjoys singing alto with the York Chapter House Choir.
Katherine Medway began playing the horn at the age of nine,studying with Maggie Holding of the Orchestra of Opera North before gaining a Department for Education Music & Ballet scheme scholarship to study at Wells Cathedral School where her teacher was Simon de Souza. She then went on to study at the Royal College of Music, learning with Tim Jones, Simon Rayner and Nigel Black, graduating in 2006.
During her time at the RCM Katherine participated in side-by-side schemes with the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in 2006 was awarded the Herbert Samuel Memorial Award for horn on the strength of her final recital. In 2006/7, Katherine returned to the RCM for a Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Performance, funded by a John Wates Charitable Trust Award and a John Lewis Study Award. During her postgraduate studies Katherine undertook a considerable amount of chamber music work (including recitals and education outreach projects) with her wind quintet, The Leveche Ensemble.
After several more years of freelance work in London, Katherine returned to her native Yorkshire, where she is now based in York and performs with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across North, West and South Yorkshire.
In 2012, Katherine completed a PGCE in Secondary School Music at Durham University and in September 2013 began her first teaching post at Trinity Academy, Thorne. In addition to her horn playing and teaching, Katherine also enjoys keeping her second study going, singing alto with the York Chapter House Choir.