Catherine Derrick

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Born in Manchester, Catherine began playing the harp aged seven, and attended Chetham’s School of Music from the age of 11 to 18. During this time she won two awards from the prestigious Hattori Foundation, and was awarded a scholarship to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of music under Professor Emerita of Harp, Skaila Kanga. Since arriving in London, she has won first prize in the North London Camac Harp Competition, second prize in the international ‘Martine Geliot’ harp competition in France, and recently performed in the final of the Royal Academy of Music Patrons' Award at the Wigmore Hall.

Her extensive orchestral work includes performances with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, performing with the Hallé Orchestra, and recording at Abbey Road Studios. She has also had many opportunities to perform solo including at St John’s, Smith Square in London, and her experience has taken her from Manchester and London, to Europe and as far afield as Australia for the 2011 Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting.

Catherine is an active ensemble player and a keen performer of new and contemporary music. She has performed with the acclaimed Nash Ensemble, she is a member of the new London Harp Quartet, and her flute and harp duo, Icaria, recently won a prestigious Tunnell Trust award. She was a 2015 Britten-Pears Young Artist, and has been awarded a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award for the coming year.