Catherine has a busy and varied career as pianist, accompanist and teacher. She studied piano and organ at Birmingham Conservatoire and later went on to specialize in accompaniment with David Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst there she was awarded the John Ireland Prize for accompanists, the Dora Gilson Scholarship and, most memorably, a time of study at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Since settling in Glossop with her family some twenty years ago, she began her freelance career as a pianist to the Education Unit of Northern Ballet Theatre. She now teaches both privately and at Bolton School, and is regularly in demand as a Festival accompanist throughout the North West.
Stewart Death began his formal musical training at City University in 1984 studying piano with Alan Schiller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating with a BSc(Hons) in music in 1987 he entered the Royal Northern College of Music to study piano accompaniment with David Lloyd gaining the prestigious Professional Performers Diploma. Since leaving college he has toured throughout Europe with the Concordia Opera Trio and has been heard as an accompanist on Classic FM, BBC Radio and Independent Television. He has worked as an accompanist for Welsh National Opera and has recorded several compact discs with many different artistes including Stephen Mead, Roger Webster, Simone Rebello and Andrew Berryman. He has recently returned from a tour of Poland and has appeared at many top venues including the Purcell Room, St. David’s Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Centre.