BMus(Hons) DPS PGDip

Kate Bickerdike violist with the Astaria String Quartet
After graduating from the UCE Birmingham Conservatoire, Kate continued her studies by completing a Postgraduate Diploma and Diploma of Professional Studies in Music Performance with Professor Rivka Golani. During her time at the Conservatoire Kate was awarded the Herbert Lumby Prize, the Young Cygnets Bursary and was the winner of the Ludlow Philharmonic String Competition.

As a freelance player Kate has worked with some of the leading ensembles in the country including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, the New English Concert Orchestra and Longborough Festival Opera. She has also appeared with artists including Katherine Jenkins, Chris de Burgh and Russell Watson.

Kate has also given solo recitals and has performed with orchestras, highlights of which have include the Cello Concerto by Elgar arranged for viola by Lionel Tertis, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.6, Bruch’s Romanze and the fabulous Harold In Italy by Berlioz.

A member of the Astaria String Quartet for seven years, she was a co-founder of the CHAMBER MUSIC @WORCESTER Festival. During this time Kate was privileged to perform concerts, recitals, and tours in beautiful venues around the United Kingdom and perform to celebrities and royalty.

Kate also enjoys teaching and spends part of her week working in schools for the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, encouraging talented young violinists to convert to the viola!