Kate has released five albums, sold out the Festival Hall, toured internationally at arts and music festivals and appeared regularly on national radio. She is currently working on a new live show and album for 2017 as well as developing her “song stories” into various radio, podcast and TV formats. Her new live show “Birdsongs : a work in progress” tells a personal story about finding her own voice through singing the stories of others and will tour the UK, New York and Edinburgh next year after scratch shows in Bristol in June.
Kate is also developing a song-cycle/musical about 3 generations of women with Warner Chappell signed songwriter Emily Phillips and pianist Naadia Sheriff. She launched her fifth album “Love Comes Again” to a sell-out audience at Ronnie Scotts in London. The album features re-worked classics by Cab Calloway, Simon and Garfunkel, Mahalia Jackson and Kirsty Maccoll alongside some originals.
Kate’s critically acclaimed live shows (Who is Dory Previn?, I’m a Woman, Music to Watch Boys By and Fever! The Making of Peggy Lee) all devised and produced by her in collaboration with “One Man Two Guvnors” director Cal McCyrstal and writers (Amy Rosenthal, Emma and Beth Kilcoyne and Lucy Powell) have become a trademark for a unique blend of singing, storytelling and entertainment. With a new podcast “The Voices in our Heads” due to begin in 2016, Kate plans to develop this in broadcast to an online audience.
Described by The Times as ‘One of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit, opening up her own Third Way, part-cabaret, part pop concert’ Kate grew up in a family where performing was the norm. Her father is the broadcaster David Dimbleby, and her mother was a trained classical singer. Her uncle on her mother’s side played jazz piano, trumpet and blues harp, and inspired her with his collection of gramaphone records.
In 2015, Kate performed her most recent show about cult 70’s songwriter Dory Previn at 59E59 Theatres in New York after the world premiere opened the Matcham Room, Leicester Square Hippodrome in 2013. The album “Beware of Young Girls : the songs of Dory Previn”, a collaboration with pianist Naadia Sheriff was chosen as one of Sunday Times Top Ten Records of 2012 and the duo have played on Jools Holland’s Radio Show (R2), Woman’s Hour (R4) and In Tune (R3). The production toured the UK through 2014/2015 and Kate and Naadia are featured in Nick Murphy’s thriller “Blood” starring Paul Bettany.
Signed by Black Box Music in 1998, Kate has worked with some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. Her first album was produced by Richard Niles and toured the UK. Her second album, Ain’t This Cosy, inspired by the life and music of Peggy Lee and recorded with the Geoff Eales trio, was released in 2000 to accompany a 50 date sell-out national tour of her one-woman show Fever! The Making of Peggy Lee. The show went on to tour Australia and New Zealand and Kate was asked to create a show with the BBC Big Band at the Festival Hall in 2003.
Kate went on to devise the live cabaret shows Music to Watch Boys By and in I’m a Woman with One Man Two Guvnors/Cirque du Soleil director Cal McCrystal. Both shows were critically acclaimed and had extensive runs in the UK and toured internationally.
Her debut album of original songs “Things As They Are” was re-released in 2014 by Proper Music. The album features Kate’s original band, Malcolm Edmonstone on piano, Jonty Fisher on bass and Ben Reynolds on drums with songs inspired by her time living on Vancouver Island in Canada.
As part of her own musical education, Kate decided to combine performing with three years in training as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Constructive Teaching Centre in Holland Park, London. After graduating, she worked for several years at the West London Centre for the Alexander Technique, with a particular interest in working with the voice and performance anxiety. Last year, she completed an intensive “Circlesongs” workshop with the reknowned vocalist Bobby McFerrin. She currently lives in Bristol with her husband and 2 daughters and continues to enjoy a balance of being a mum, performing, writing, teaching and leading workshops.
Sunday Times Culture Section – preview of Dory Previn show
Personal songs to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care 50km walk
I am doing a 50 km walk through London through the night to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care. A small charity doing great things to help those living with cancer. As a thank you, I am making personal videos/songs for everyone who donates. If you would like your own song, just go to https://www.justgiving.com/RuandKate […]
Come into my room…
Working on a new show so made a video from my workroom….