Kathryn studied for her BA (Hons) degree in Music and Performing Arts at Lancaster University where she specialised in singing and trained under Hillary Jackson, tutor from Opera North. She performed regularly as a solo artist as well as with the Cecilia Choir touring Europe and performing on radio. During this time she attended various workshops and vocal masterclasses led by various internationally renowned artists including Sir Thomas Allen. She then gained her PGCE in teaching Music and Drama at Liverpool University.
Kathryn is currently Head of Music at Ashton Community Science College, Preston, where she has taught since 2001. She is also currently musical director for the Freckleton Village Singers and choral leader for The Kirkham Music Centre Choir, supported by Lancashire Music Service.
She has worked as a music and drama teacher in secondary schools, a singing teacher for Lancashire Music Service, a vocal workshop leader, and a wider opportunities music teacher in primary schools through singing.
Kathryn is also in demand as a solo artist at concerts, weddings and functions and loves to sing a wide variety of music from classical to jazz.
Kathryn is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors where she has gained the Extended Choral Conducting Course at Intermediate Level qualification in choral conducting, and where she regularly attends courses and workshops in choral singing with various leading practitioners.
The choir is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and Kathryn has been musical director of The Kirkham Singers since it began in 2001. She has gained enormous satisfaction from her involvement with the choir, has loved every minute, and looks forward to its continuing success in the future.
Wendy Anderton has been associated with the choir for a number of years through accompanying on bass guitar at summer and Christmas concerts. Whilst Kathryn is on maternity leave, Wendy is delighted to be leading the choir until her return in the New Year.
Wendy started playing piano at the age of six, then through school, went on to learn the church organ under the tutoring of Mr Robinson at the former St Paul’s church in Preston. She is now the music leader and church organist at Wycliffe Memorial Evangelical Church in Preston where her father, Rev Bob Worswick, was the pastor until his retirement at the end of 2012.
Her bass playing skills are thanks to her dad, who is an accomplished player and taught her when she was 17. The family (mum, dad, Wendy and husband John) then formed a country and western gospel group singing in churches all over the north west, for some five years in the mid 70s before her own family came along. Wendy later played bass with the Ashton High School band, where she met Kathryn, and the rest, as they say, is history