Katie Cowling

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Recorder

Location: Royal College of Music

Katie is an early woodwind specialist, playing recorder, baroque oboe and various medieval wind instruments. Having graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal College of Music in 2015, Katie is extremely proud to be The Fenella and Harry Hope Memorial Scholar supported by an HSH Dr Prince Donatus Von Hohenzollern Award, as well as being generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award for her Masters Degree. This year she will be studying with Professor Ashley Solomon, Julien Feltrin, Maria Martinez Ayerza and renowned baroque oboist Gail Hennessy.

Since cofounding BLOCK4 in 2012, Katie is thrilled to be a member of the first recorder quartet to win the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition in its 65-year history, as well as the first recorders to win the Chincoteague Chamber Music Competition 2016 in America. Performances with BLOCK4 have included prestigious venues all over London, Europe and America.

Katie regularly performs with various baroque orchestras around London on baroque oboe, and with a number of small chamber ensembles exploring renaissance and medieval music. A 3-month worldwide tour in the September of 2014 took Katie around the world performing in theatre’s in Taiwan, China, Russia and the Far-east, playing recorders, shawms and percussion in the band for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.