Stapleford Granary

Artist-in-Residence 2017/18

Our 2017/18 Artist-in-Residence is Kate Romano


We are excited to introduce Kate Romano as our artist-in-residence for 2017/18. Kate is not only a clarinetist and performer of the highest rank, but also a producer/director working across the traditional boundaries of various art forms, mixing drawing, film, story-telling and even architecture! Kate's season kicks off with 'Ritual in Transfigured Time', a concert exploring experimental sound, surreal images, and the passage of time. We don't yet know where Kate's journey will end, but do join us for what promises to be an exciting trip.

Kate studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and graduated with first class honours. She has an MPhil from Cambridge University and a doctorate in composition from Kings College London. From 2003 – 2016 Kate held a senior academic post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded a Fellowship from the School in 2014.

Kate founded the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011 and has produced over 50 concerts, collaborative events and education projects for this varied and diverse collective. The ensemble has played at St Johns Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, HCMF, Kings Place and many UK festivals. The Goldfield Ensemble held the first Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary. In addition to commissioning new works (Arlene Sierra, Kathy Hinde, Robin Holloway), the ensemble has performed at the Cheltenham Music Festival with a programme called RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME that explores old and new technology, sound and film, conventional and self-made instruments.

As a clarinetist, Kate regularly performs with Goldfield and Okeanos. She has performed at most major UK venues and festivals as soloist and chamber musician including the Purcell Room, Kings Place, St Georges Bristol, The Barbican (BBC Total Immersion) Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2014 Kate was resident clarinetist at the Presteigne Festival and subsequent Presteigne Tour. She has given over 70 premieres and has recorded for NMC, Metier and Minabel. Her two solo CDs (which can be found here and hereboth received the highest accolades including 5* reviews from Gramophone and ‘Pick of the Month’ in the chamber music section for the BBC Music Magazine.