Kathryn Rose was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and studied music from the age of four. She composed her first piano piece at the age of seven and started playing the horn at eleven, winning a medal in a provincial music festival when she was only twelve. She studied horn and piano at the University of Lethbridge, Canada before moving to London in the year 2000. In London she studied with Julian Baker before attending Trinity College of Music, where she studied horn with Stephen Stirling and Roger Montgomery, and jazz with Jim Rattigan and Mark Bassey.
In London, Kathryn has performed several solo recitals as both horn player and pianist, and acted as musical director for various community dramatic productions. She has also performed on serpent and tenor cor and busked on the London Underground. She is currently Director of Music at St Andrew’s Church, Leytonstone, where several of her works have been sung; other churches that have used her music include St John’s Edinburgh, St Mary’s Addington, St Paul’s Woldingham and St Chad’s, Chadwell Heath. In April 2014 her work was selected to be included in a community songbook, “Sing For Our Planet”, and in 2015 one of her hymns was featured in a hymnody workshop at the London Festival of Contemporary Choral Music.
Kathryn has a strong interest in making music more readily available to the general public and is passionate about removing barriers to access. She has organized performances of public-domain music aimed at raising awareness of copyright and intellectual property issues from the perspective of audience, performers and composers.
Kathryn might eventually get around to updating this page in first person, but right now she’s busy working on more urgent tasks.