An Amazing August

What a month! Of course I’m always busy, but August was just a whole new level of new challenges, experiences and adventures—both professionally and personally.

I’ll start on a more personal note. You probably know about my commitment to the cause of Cancer Research. This past spring I was thrilled to have eclipsed my target in raising over £5,600 for Cancer Research UK when I completed the London Marathon (phew—it wasn’t easy!). Now I’m pushing myself further for the same cause…but this time running across the pond at the TCS New York City Marathon. Once again I have been passionate about raising funds to reach my target and spreading awareness by giving charity performances around the UK. This endeavour has taken me to interesting cities as far south as Salisbury and all the way up north to Dundee! It was thrilling to get some publicity for my charity work when I was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucester. I have to admit that performing on air, was easier than speaking! THANK YOU so much to everyone who has donated! (and if you haven’t yet donated, there’s still time before November!:)

The threat of Cancer again struck my family this past January (I lost my dad to the dreadful disease) as my mum had an operation in St. James Hospital in Leeds. I was so worried. But the cause to eradicate Cancer seems to be paying off, as tests now show my mum to be Cancer Free! Yeah! So of course, I am going to keep on fundraising for this wonderful charity as I seriously believe in research.  Thank you so much to the surgeon Mr Naggib who completed the operation, all the nurses at Bexley Wing (including haematology) and David Beaver Unit for the care my mum has received. It has been a very difficult dealing with the shocking diagnosis and waiting long months for the treatment results—but we are so lucky to have such positive news!

As for my professional work…I have performed at so many beautiful weddings over the month of August. I played beautiful wedding near Lake Windermere, in Carlton Towers and even … at a Scottish Wedding! I LOVE Scotland and Scottish people are some of the nicest I have ever worked with :-)

I’m always pleased to receive positive feedback from my clients. I love to make audiences happy through my music. Here are some of the nice things that people have posted on FreeIndex page following my performances.

“Kate was very punctual, professional and most importantly fantastic! She entertained the guests at our wedding breakfast, knowing all of the music of by heart! everyone at the wedding commented on how well she played and I would definitely recommend her to anyone having an event!”Natalie Ellam, Wakefield

“Less than 2 weeks to our wedding we amazingly found Kate playing in the high street of Perth raising funds to participate in the NYC marathon for Cancer Research. Her music was so beautiful it moved me to tears and we both commented how great it would be if she could play at our wedding. I approached Kate who we found to be really friendly and she confirmed she was able to play for us. She kept in regular contact with us up until our wedding providing suggestions and song choices helping us to choose the music for our ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. On the day of the wedding itself, Kate astounded everyone, mesmerising them with her performances. Kate is such a professional and so well organised liasing with venues to discuss timing for set ups and sound checks. She also dresses immaculately to perform. Kate added such class to our day and our guests are still talking about Kate’s performance and talent. Our guests are looking forward to the release of Kate’s new album. Kate, thank you so much for your amazing performance and for making our day absolutely perfect. You really are so wonderfully talented and your music touches everyone who hears it. We sincerely wish you a long and happy career and you and your family all the very best for the future.” -Kelly Williams, Dunfermline

Thank you so much, Natalie and Kelly—I’m so please that you were pleased!:)

Not only did I perform at numerous lovely weddings, it was also exhilarating to play at the Shindig Festival near Scarborough and at Orient Express with my fantastic Electrify Violin Duo partner, Mrs Sharleen Jones.

What’s more, my violin took me to Norway where I performed my Electric Violin Show on board of beautiful MS Black Watch – Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

You see, I TOLD you it’s been a busy month! But I’ve really enjoyed itJ

What’s next? I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trips – I’ve managed to get another visa stamped in my beautiful New Passport – RUSSIA here I come (with love!).