All Seasons Orchestra

A new open-access orchestra for York and the surrounding communities

The OrchestraThe CommitteeArtistic Director

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Catherine Holbrook (previously Shackell)

Catherine Holbrook studied Music at the University of York where she focussed on the interpretation and performance of instrumental music. Driven by her passion for sharing music with others she decided to continue at York and gained a Masters degree in Community Music with distinction - a course which she is now regularly invited to lecture on.

Since then Catherine has worked as a freelance performer, conductor, instrumental tutor, creative practitioner and education & community advisor across Yorkshire and the North of England. Her performing and education work has taken her to a multitude of venues across the region including The Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral, & York Minster as well as to numerous schools, village halls and even a couple of castles.

"I am delighted to be asked to work with the All Seasons Orchestra, and am excited to discover what opportunities may be lying in wait for York's amateur musicians."


Significant Events & Awards
2011 Gramophone Magazine: Music in the Community Award Catherine attended Gramophone Magazine's award ceremony at London's famous Dorchester Hotel to collect the Music in the Community Award on behalf of The Cobweb Orchestra with whom she worked for several years both as conductor and administrator
2008 MBF Bursary Catherine was awarded one of these much sought after bursaries to attend Dartington's prestigious International Summer School. Her performance alongside some of Britain's finest musicians in the Dartington Concert Series was a condition of the bursary.
2002 HEACF Student Volunteering Award Catherine was founding member of the University of York's Music Education Group, MEG!
2000 Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship for performance (bassoon)
You can see one of Catherine's open-access orchestral sessions for players of all abilities & hear the players responses in this Making Music video (You may wish to jump to 3:30 to see the action).



ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Hannah Crawford

Hannah Crawford studied Music at York St John University where she specialised in violin performance and music within the community. Hannah strongly believes in everyone’s right to quality music education and in its proven beneficial connection to emotional well-being and cognitive development. This passion for inclusive music-making inspired her to study at The University of York and gained a Masters degree in Community Music.

Hannah now works as a freelance performer in Vitula String Quartet and teaches violin, viola, African drumming, trumpet and ukulele both privately and as an Approved instrumental tutor for York Music Service. Hannah specialises in preparing her students for ABRSM exams and has had students go on to receive offers and auditions at Bootham School and Chetham’s School of Music. Hannah is assistant conductor for ’First Strings’ junior orchestra for York Music Centre (York Arts Education) where she co- leads a young voices class and music theory group. Hannah currently works within the community preparing workshops and music courses for mental health service users and disabled young adults.

In her spare time, Hannah performs regularly with Union Central (a bluegrass Alison Krauss tribute band) and is a keen motorcyclist (with violin on t’ back!).
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