Kate Graham was born in 1972 and grew up in South London. She sang and danced on stage from a young age and had a classical upbringing in piano, flute and singing. During her childhood she performed a wide range of repertoire… solo / ensembles / choirs / orchestras / productions and in competitions and on camera.
In 1990 Kate went on to study music in York and whilst gaining a BA hons she played flute for York Symphony Orchestra, sang and played in various choirs and chamber groups, played keyboards, flute and sang for various rock bands (including mostly autumn which is still going!) performing at universities and festivals nationally, and she also frequently recorded material in studios as a session musician.
Having enjoyed teaching flute and piano since the age of 18 yrs, in 1997 Kate finished a PGCE in secondary music at the UEA and went on to become Head of Music in 1999. During this time she ran and directed large school choirs of 80+, wrote and arranged music for school productions; conducted at and organised the yearly carol services at Norwich Cathedral and large school concerts and gained a wide experience of teaching and directing in many areas. Between 1997-2004 Kate also ran a recording studio and continued to perform and compose in both bands and orchestras.
In 2005 Kate re-located to Devon with her two young children and has since worked freelance, also running and directing various music projects in the South West. Since 2008 she has worked at Kevicc and for the SWMS and has specialised in voice and flute, whilst continuing to coach A’level, BTEC, GCSE, grade 5 theory and songwriting/composition/ & improvisation. Her company ‘soundlaunch’ is tailored to support young people in performance techniques and song-writing.
Kate embraces a wide variety of styles and genres from classical to contemporary. She always aims to encourage individuality and originality, and uses whatever style and techniques are suitable to support the potential of each student.