Catriona McDermid

Catriona McDermid

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Bassoon

Biography

Catriona is currently completing the final year of her Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Joost Bosdijk, Julie Price, Andrea de Flamineis and Wouter Werschuren. Beginning her musical education at home in North Yorkshire, she progressed through the National Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and then continued her studies reading Music at Lincoln College, Oxford. Here she was awarded a Music Faculty Joan Conway Scholarship in Performance Studies and graduated in 2014 with first-class honours.

As a keen orchestral musician, she has recently performed with Orchestra of St Pauls, Outcry Ensemble, Britten-Pears Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra (as part of their Pathway Scheme) and has also given concerto performances with York Young Soloists, Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and the Oxford University String Ensemble. Catriona also performs regularly as a baroque bassoonist, recently playing with ensembles such as Orchestra of Oxford Bach Soloists, Les Bougies Baroques, Voce Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Futures Orchestra, performing alongside members of the English Concert.

Outreach work is another of Catriona’s passions, as she strongly believes in the importance of taking music to new audiences, performing with Street Orchestra of London and working for RCM Sparks and Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots projects. Catriona’s work as a chamber musician also ties in closely with her outreach work; as a member of Magnard Ensemble she gives regular outreach sessions in schools for Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and the ensemble are currently working with composer Paul Patterson on a nationwide Roald Dahl centenary tour, entitled ‘Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music’. She also gives chamber music recitals both with Magnard Ensemble and with Njord Trio.

Catriona is extremely grateful to be generously supported through her postgraduate studies by a Fiona and Douglas Flint Scholarship, a Musician’s Company Award, a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and grants from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Craxton Memorial Trust.

Catriona McDermid received her Musicians’ Company Award in 2014.  She can be contacted on catrionamcdermid@yahoo.co.uk

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