Kate Andrews, oboe


Kate began playing the oboe rather by chance at the age of 10, after waiting for a year for her hands to grow large enough to play the bassoon. When they didn’t, the obvious solution was to learn the oboe instead. By the age of 14, she was studying with Val Taylor at Chetham’s School of Music and, a year later, joined the National Youth Orchestra as Principal CorAnglais, performing at major venues throughout the UK, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. After reading Music at King’s College, Cambridge, Kate undertook her Postgraduate Diploma as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Celia Nicklin, Chris Cowie and Melanie Ragge. In that time, she also exchanged to Sydney, Australia, for 6 months to learn with Diana Doherty of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and graduated there with the highest woodwind recital mark of 92%.

Since leaving education, Kate has built up a busy freelance career and works largely in the West End, most recently in the orchestra of Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, and in recording work, including several albums, film soundtracks and on TV for Michael Buble’s “Home for Christmas” special. She also teaches and works as an ABRSM examiner, which can make for a busy life at times, but, in her free time, likes to cook inadvisably large meals and (fortunately, given the previous interest) take part in triathlons.


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra