- University of York (UK) July 2016
Commissioned by the Late Music Ensemble
-LME devise..realise 2017
Awarded WRoCAH scholarship
-University of York 2017
Awarded Best Audio
-York Global GameJam 2016
Images of a Memory Published
- Bedlam Music Publishing August 2016
Catherine Robson (1995) is a composer from Gateshead with a rapidly accelerating career in composition. In 2017 her works have been performed in three different continents. At festivals such as FIME - Festival Internacional de Música Experimental in São Paulo, Audio Rebel in Rio De Janeiro, Shanghai's New Music Week and Crossroads Festival in Salzburg.
Catherine received the highly competitive the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities scholarship she is continuing her studies in composition at the Department of Music, University of York, for which she achieved a first class degree at undergraduate level in 2017. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Undergraduate Commission for The Chimera Ensemble for her work Spaces, which was then featured on Listening to Ladies and in 2017 was commissioned by the Late Music Ensemble to compose a work for their project Devise.realise. Taught by Thomas Simaku, Nicola LeFanu and Ambrose Field, her compositional style typically focuses on the expressivity and metaphor of traditional European folk, utilising this medium in a contemporary idiom to creates works as a social/political act. Her works Thrínos and Territory] Boundary/ \Border [Divide have recently been featured on the channel score follower.
By utilising traditional folk as a gateway to cultural relevance, she aims to manipulate traditional musical ideas from different cultures in conjunction to create extra-musical meaning intrinsically. Specifically she does not to use direct quotation of folk as a method of generating musical material, but rather to act as a metaphor for the working class and repressed. Through this she wishes to address social and political matters allowing us as artists to have relevance outside the world of art.