About Katie Rose
I am passionate about creating music that contributes to our collective awareness and wellbeing.
Singing from an early age in churches gave me a profound experience of the power of voice. At the age of 15, I experienced a strong calling to develop and use my voice as a tool of transformation.
Katie creates music which interweaves original material with music from global traditions. She has released three albums and featured on releases including Ankle - The False Beards, Weirdlore (Folk Police) and Echoes From the Mountain (Rif Mountain) and has composed a piece a piece to accompany Road to Peace, a film about the Dalai Lama. For the last two years she has taken part in the cross-cultural collaborative project Croydon Composers, produced by award winning artist Shri Shriram.
Committed to making uplifting experiences of singing accessible and inclusive, Katie has run singing groups for people of diverse ages and backgrounds in community settings for 17 years.
Convinced of the power of song to make a difference in the world, Katie has been a fundraiser for Sing for Water since 2011 and now co-directs the annual mass choral event at the Thames Festival.
Committed to encouraging community cohesion, she co-ordinated a Community Choir Festival for St Christopher's Hospice Compassionate Neighbours Programme 2018. Since 2010, she has facilitated community music projects with Creative Croydon including Croydon Carers Choir and Caterham Community Choir. Keenly aware of environmental issues, she founded Welcome Choir with Crystal Palace Transition Town in 2016.
Katie conducted a cross-community choral performance of Adiemus with London Mozart Players at Crystal Palace Overground Festival 2017. She directed a cross-arts Festival of Peace in June 2018, which had as it's centrepiece large-scale community performances of LMP's AnthemForPeace
An enthusiastic advocate of the health benefits of singing, she has worked in four London hospitals and currently leads two Singing for Wellbeing Groups Lung Songs and HeartSong.
She has facilitated Sound Therapy sessions for organisations including RNID, RNIB, Aman Spa at the Connaught Hotel, British Wheel of Yoga and The Holistic Healing College.
With 17 years experience working with individuals, Katie brings a wealth of experience and a creative toolkit to her coaching practice. As her grandmother was deaf, she grew up with an sensitivity to the needs of those with different abilities. She began working with children with learning disabilities in her teens and ran a holistic therapy practice for seven years with adults in residential care. She has supported creatives including film and theatre directors, teachers, therapists and shy singers to find their creative voice, pitch with confidence and manage creative projects.
Committed to broadcasting positive news about the arts, Katie has written articles for fROOTS Magazine, was a regular contributor to The Croydon Citizen and co-presented Inside Story radio show on Croydon Radio. When she has a quiet moment she enjoys reading and writing poetry and has hosted and performed at spoken word events including the world premiere of Prophetic Children by Fathieh Saudi at St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace & Reconciliation 2013. One of her poems is published in the collection Poetic Ramblings Through Croydonia
Katie trained in English Literature and Theatre Studies at Leeds University and holds a PTLLS City & Guilds Level 3 in Community Music Leadership. She is a fully insured member of the Natural Voice Network.