Kate Jackson is a Music and Health Apprentice for 2015-2016 with practice based on the Children’s and Neonatal Wards at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield.
Kate is passionate about music and from an early age has always loved performing. Originally a clarinettist she was encouraged to learn the bassoon and immediately fell in love with this unique instrument. She studied music at Bath Spa University then went on to the Royal Northern College of Music to study orchestral playing with principal bassoonists from the Halle and Manchester Camerata. Kate is also very interested in period performance practice and plays the baroque bassoon.
On completing her studies Kate spent several years teaching, working for the music service and in secondary schools. Although she enjoys teaching however she feels she would like to focus more on performing and working in healthcare.
Kate’s interest in music in healthcare grew while spending a year in Saskatchewan, Canada where she worked as a therapeutic music teacher working with children with special needs. “It is quite remarkable to see the impact music can have on people of all ages and abilities.”
Since returning to the UK Kate has been actively involved in performances in a variety of healthcare settings. She feels that this work is her true calling as a musician.
“I am very excited about being an OPUS apprentice! I can’t wait to get started. I’m really looking forward to learning lots and developing my musicianship; who knows where this could lead.”