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Catherine Bott


Catherine Bott studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then spent two years singing everything from Bach to Berio with the Swingles before beginning her solo career. Among her many acclaimed recordings of early music are Bach's St. John Passion with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music. She has also premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers Craig Armstrong, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Errollyn Wallen. 

Catherine now enjoys a parallel career as a broadcaster: after 10 years scripting and presenting programmes and concerts for BBC Radio 3, in 2013 she moved to Classic FM to host a new Sunday night programme, All You Ever Wanted To Know About Classical Music. She continues to present documentary features and Pick of the Week on Radio 4. Catherine is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is a former Artistic Adviser to the York Early Music Festival, where she has been involved with several previous International Young Artists Competitions as judge, coach or radio presenter.