Katie grew up in Dorset and started learning piano at a young age, also taking up the saxophone as soon as her hands were big enough to hold the keys (inspired by her idol Lisa Simpson). She then took up the cello and singing and 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 employed at various arts and media-related jobs while working on her creative projects on the side. 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. She also has several television projects in development. 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. She works every summer with postgraduate writing students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on their 15-minute musical projects, and teaches piano, cello, saxophone and music theory privately.
She has 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. If you'd like to see a score of one of her many Christmas carols for your choir, please get in touch below. She has SSA and SATB options but can do a bit of a reshuffle depending on your exact needs.
By day, Katie works for literary agent Georgina Ruffhead at The Haworth Agency, who represent screenwriters and playwrights across theatre, film, television and radio.