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The Palmer Ensemble

Inspiring Classical Music


Katy Whittle Cello


Katy Whittle studied the cello at the Royal Northern College of Music and later as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. Since then, she has performed with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Palestine National Orchestra.


Chamber music is one of Katy's passions and she has performed with various string quartets and duos including the Victoria and Albert Museum, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Westminster Central Hall. As well as her interest in orchestral and chamber music performance, she is enthusiastic about cross-art collaboration and has improvised music for theatre productions with the Cornucopia Theatre Company, Theatre Alive and performed with Cath Drake, a performance poet, at an evening with John Hegley.


As well as a performer, Katy is a keen music eduator and in 2009, she spent an academic year teaching for the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, teaching 24 talented cellists and musicians, 3 of which performed at a BBC prom concert in 2013 with Nigel Kennedy.


Her present work as a wider opportunities teacher with Slough Music Service has made her increasingly interested in leading creative music workshops and for the 2014/15 academic year, she was selected to take part in the Spitalfields Core training programme, gaining insight into the role of other practising and sucessful creative workshop leaders.


Apart from the Palmer Ensemble, Katy's newest project is her music sessions for 0-5s. Tuneful Tales, which includes stories and creative music making for all of the family. These sessions are starting properly in east Reading in September 2015.

Katy Whittle Cellist Palmer Ensemble