My name is Catherine Hamilton from Larne.
I have had a passion for Music from a young age learning the Violin and Piano in Primary School, leading me to join an Orchestra. I was part of the NEELB Youth Orchestra for many years where I took part in many concerts and toured to both Germany and Belgium.
When I was approximately thirteen years old, I decided to expand my musical knowledge by taking up a new Musical instrument - The Irish Harp. My harp teacher trained me how to learn new pieces by listening rather than reading sheet Music.
I’ve sung from an exceptionally young age; however, I started to take singing lessons when I was sixteen years old. I learnt the correct techniques for breath control and how to sing in a soprano range protecting my voice. I learnt many techniques to improve my tone and I completed my grade eight in Popular Vocals through Rock School Examination Board, where I achieved a merit.
I am currently in my final year of university studying a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen’s University Belfast, specialising in Performance and Classical singing. I have learnt stacks through my degree, from learning how to sing in German, Italian, French, Irish and Latin and how to sing in many musical styles such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Irish traditional. In my first year of University I completed my grade eight Classical Singing Exam where I achieved a distinction I have competed in Music festivals where I won first place in the Irish Traditional singing class. Through my university experience I have performed in an Opera called Dido and Aeneas and many recitals where I have gained lots of performance experience. I have also been part of many choirs such as the Ulster Youth Choir and Queen’s Music Society Choir.
I have a passion for Musical Theatre, I was involved the Ensemble in Les Miserables at the Mac for Belfast School of Performing Arts. I was also involved in the Adult cast in Peter Corry’s Music Box in the Waterfront hall where I sang a solo and accompanied Peter on the harp.
I provide Music for many Wedding ceremonies and Events, consisting of playing the harp and singing in any style desired by the Bride and Groom.
I will be performing a solo with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir in late January and I wish to complete my Classical Singing Diploma in the summer of 2015.
I am really looking forward to be involved in the Music Yard; I am excited to meet my new students to share my passion for music and for singing.