Music graduate wins BBT Special Award

Kate Whitley

Kate Whitley, who read Music at King's, has just been given a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Award 2014.

Kate graduated in 2010 and stayed on to take her MPhil the following year. Whilst at Cambridge she was one of the leaders of a New Music Ensemble, and two of her operas - Bonesong and Unknown Position - were performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, to glowing reviews.

Also in 2011, she co-organised a performance by 102 musicians of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in a multi-storey car park in Peckham. The event was previewed in The Times, which called it 'the most exciting development in classical music for decades, if not centuries.'

Since then, Kate has continued to win accolades as a composer and for taking classical music out of its traditional concert hall environment.

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians to develop international careers, and winning the Special Award is a coveted achievement.

Dr Nicholas Marston, Director of Studies in Music, commented: 'Kate is the latest in a line of distinguished women to have read Music at King's during the last four decades. Thanks to the extraordinary outreach work she is now doing, as also to her own presence as a strikingly original composer, King's looks forward to welcoming many more such gifted Music students in the future.'

See the Borletti-Buitoni Trust website for Kate's award citation.

17 February 2014