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Abingdon & District Musical Society

Kate Bailey (leader)

Kate Bailey began her violin studies with Pamela Spofforth at the age of nine and was an early member of Pro Corda, where she gained a love of chamber music. While reading music at University College, Oxford, she studied with David Ogden and Emanuel Hurwitz, and then went on to study with Erika Klemperer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She is a founder member of The Holywell Ensemble (formed in 1984), a flexible chamber group renowned for its committed and evocative performances of British chamber music on CD and in the concert hall, which was described by the BBC Music Magazine as “one of the most important chamber music groups on the British musical scene.” She also plays in the string quartet OXUS, specialising in approachable contemporary works such as Steve Reich’s Different Trains and Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters.

Kate lives in Oxford, and leads various orchestras and chamber orchestras around the area. She is also a freelance orchestral player and has performed a number of concertos, including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with The Holywell Ensemble.