Katie grew up in Dorset and started learning piano at a young age, taking up saxophone, cello and singing shortly after. She then continued her musical education as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, which gave her invaluable skills and experience in musicianship and performing. She first became involved in composition while studying for her undergraduate degree in Music at The University of Birmingham, composing for student plays alongside her studies. She then specialised in composition with an MA Musical Theatre (Composition Pathway) at Goldsmiths, University of London and an MSc Composition for Screen at The University of Edinburgh in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art, where she enjoyed collaborating with screenwriters, directors and animators.
She now lives in London, and since graduating has been working at various arts and media-related jobs while developing her musical theatre projects. These include an adaptation of Behind Enchanted Windows by German author Cornelia Funke, which is in development for professional production at Christmas 2021; Julia Peculiar, a new musical about social media, cyberbullying and teenage mental health; and Would Like To Meet, a song cycle about online dating.
Katie was Composer in Residence with Theatre Sotto Voce, with whom she collaborated on new musical Murder In Whitechapel, giving a voice to the victims of Jack the Ripper, and their site-specific production of Romeo and Juliet. Last summer, she worked with postgraduate writing students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on an R&D of new musical The Life and Times of Chester Himes, and it is this collaborative style of working that draws her to musical theatre. She has also recently had choral works premiered at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square and Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon, and was commissioned by Acorns Children's Hospice to write a 25th Anniversary Anthem for their choir.
As a performer, Katie has played and sung at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff, and has had other compositions and arrangements performed at Cadogan Hall, the Unicorn Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre.
Katie also teaches piano, cello, saxophone and singing privately, and works part time for a literary agency.