Catherine King began her vocal studies as a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge followed by a period at the Guildhall in London, and later study with Josephine Veasey.
She has performed with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taverner Consort, Northern Sinfonia, the Nash Ensemble, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Gothic Voices, London Baroque, Fretwork, Singcircle, the New London Consort, Florilegium and the Academy of Ancient Music. She also makes regular festival appearances including at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, Edinburgh International Festival, the Lufthansa Festival at St John's Smith Square and the Bruges Early Music Festival, Belgium.
Well known as a versatile early music specialist, her duo with lutenist Jacob Heringman and the group Virelai seeks to bring life to long forgotten music, performing it with a freshness that belies the years since its writing.
Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
The harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand is one of Norway's most outstanding performers of early music. He first appeared on the international scene with major prizes in Paris in 1979 and Amsterdam the following year. Specialising in French and German baroque repertory, he has toured as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral director throughout Europe and America. He was professor of Early Music at the Norwegian State Academy and from 1994 has been harpsichord professor at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.
Ketil Haugsand has been closely associated with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra since its foundation in 1988 as the first independent, professional orchestra performing on period instruments in Scandinavia. The orchestra has also toured extensively with Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort and Choir and has visited many of the major European festivals, including Lucerne, Stuttgart, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Regensburg, Köthen and Bergen. It has also performed in Frankfurt, Paris and Beaune, in Portugal, and in many cities in Norway and Sweden as well as having a regular concert series in Oslo. The Frankfurter Allgemeine has described the orchestra as playing with ‘a thrillingly homogenous transparency and colour'.
„Dem die Mezzosopranistin Catherine King mit schön timbrierter Stimme jederzeit gerecht wird - sie hält Maß und verleiht ihren Arien Würde und Noblesse.“ / 'The mezzo-soprano Catherine King has a beautiful timbre throughout – she gives her arias dignity and nobility.'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
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