Sunny, Spectacular September

What fabulous weather we’ve enjoyed this month—is it still summer?

Once again, I’ve relished performing for lovely people at many beautiful wedding venues. I felt like royalty at Carlton Towers, which is a “Grade I listed Victorian gothic country house in Carlton, North Yorkshire, England” and the family home of Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard. It was so exciting to perform at such an exquisite ceremony!

What was also a brilliant, but more unusual experience for me, was performing at a Bollywood wedding. I don’t often entertain at Bollywood weddings, as they usually require a specific nature of performance. But this time the bride wanted something different—she asked for classical and popular pieces selection. I did play a Bollywood piece when the bride entered the reception venue; it was one of my very favourite Bollywood pieces, “Kal Ho Naa How” (the piece is going to be recorded and filmed in not too distant future). It all reminded me of my enthralling time in Mumbai last December. Unfortunately, I was so busy that I ran out of time to visit the famous Bollywood Studio. I’ll put it on my bucket list of things to do in the future!

This month I also attended a bridal event at Bar Soba Leeds hosted by Bridal Emporium (http://www.the-bridal-emporium.com). These are girls who specialise in beautiful custom bridal dresses design. It was a fabulous evening, featuring a fashion show with a catwalk and many exhibitors. I performed on my electric violin during the drinks reception and after the show. I hope I looked glamourous enough to fit in with all the fantastic fashionJ!

And finally, perhaps the most amazing of the amazing…The Scandinavian Cruise! I performed my shows again on beautiful MS Black Watch, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. I visited Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga and Oslo. One of the perks of performing on a cruise is certainly the experience of seeing so many new places, meeting interesting people, and learning unexpected information. I was also able to find out more about my ancestry and heritage—do I seem like Viking violinist?!

What’s more, I maintained my fitness discipline and did a lot of training for quickly approaching TCS New York Marathon. Actually, running is a great way of sightseeing – seriously! When I train and run 15-20 kilometres I am able to see a good chunk of the cities I visit (although sometimes in a blur when I speed up!.So keeping fit and exploring new territory= a win/win situation! Maybe all this training will also lead me to winning the marathon. Seriously though, all I really care about is doing my best and contributing to fighting cancer with Cancer Research UK.

The bonus this month was that I discovered great news from my Alma Mater, the University of Leeds. The University was selected by The Times and the Sunday Times as…

***the University of Year, 2017***

What a remarkable distinction!!! And I think they fully deserve it. I’m very proud to be a graduate from Leeds Uni!

Goodness, so many fun and fantastic things happening—can October top this?! I can’t wait to see!:)

 

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!).

Welcome to Kate’s Blog

Hello Everyone,

My new website has been live for almost a year now (I hope you like it!) and I’ve been planning on writing a monthly blog to keep you up to date with the latest news. The challenge is that it’s hard to keep up to date with all the “happenings” since there is so much happening! But I promise, from now on I will try. Here it goes…

 Let’s start with July:

It’s been another whirlwind series of weeks! At the corporate event for Alfred Angelo UK at Oulton Hall last Monday I honoured a special request to perform in a bridesmaids dress. What a lovely frock to top off an unbelievable day! I only just made it on time but was very close to having to cancel. After visiting U.S. Embassy London, my return train journey was cancelled since Kings Cross, London was evacuated due to a fire! To make matters worse, the next train I was able to take was also delayed!

I also performed as part of a beautiful wedding ceremonies at amazing locations: at Grosvenor Hotel Chester, followed by the drinks reception at Chester Cathedral grounds; and at the Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds. Congratulations to the happy, new couples—and to a couple who are “as good as new”, after many years together: I played at their Golden Wedding Anniversary party at their extraordinary estate in North Leeds.

June

It’s always a pleasure to play with Eduardo Niebla. This time the soothing sounds of his Spanish guitar were with me in Goole (I love the name of the place—no, it’s not scary at all!).

I’ve also been sailing around, headlining another Fred Olsen cruise. Although I’ve had the pleasure of performing on numerous cruises now, it’s always so exciting to entertain each new group of passengers (so relaxed and happy to be on holiday!)—and see the sights of the different places along the way. You can see the video of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” on youtube to get a hint of some of the fun I had swaying my hips (whoo hoo!) while playing my heart out with the always fantastic orchestra.

One thing I love about being a professional musician is the variety of functions—I still love that special spark of weddings—everyone is always so excited for the couple—you can feel the love, so it’s really inspiring to play. For this one in Bridlington, I donned a yellow dress, at the couple’s request. What a lovely setting and an amazing day!

I also adored performing at several other wedding ceremonies, blessings and drinks receptions at breathtakingly magnificent venues: Oulton Hall and Hazelwood Castle Hotel; and I played a retirement party at the stunningly beautiful Burton Mount Country House.

*BRAND NEW WEBSITE*

My *BRAND NEW WEBSITE* is finally completed and running online. I am so happy I will be able to write and share info on my performances :-)

I am now back from USA cruise on MS Balmoral – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines where I gave 2 headline shows (Bermuda & Azores).  It took a while to cross the Atlantic Ocean and I have to admit the sea was very rough and stormy.

Slightly jet lagged, yesterday I performed on my electric violin at the launch of New BMW 7 Series at BMW Doncaster. This car looks and feels absolutely fabulous :-)

BMW Series 7
BMW Series 7
BMW Series 7
BMW Series 7
BMW Series 7
BMW Series 7