Catherine Ardagh-Walter

Tutti Cello

Catherine was born in Winchester, Hampshire, and took up the cello at primary school. She went on to study on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course and then with Eileen Croxford, Philip de Groote and Amaryllis Fleming at the Royal College of Music.

When College studies ended, Catherine freelanced with the pianist, Emily Jeffrey, giving duo and piano trio recitals throughout England in addition to the odd QE2 Cruise where she ate too much and played only a few pretty tunes.

Since joining the Orchestra, Catherine has enjoyed touring much of the world, with particularly fond memories of visits to Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Tokyo and a gorgeous week in Aix en Provence playing in Janacek’s ‘Jenufa’ with Simon Rattle. Other highlights were recording the Elgar Violin Concerto with Nigel Kennedy, an evening with Renee Fleming, and the amazing ‘Pink Martini’ in Symphony Hall a few years ago.

Outside of the CBSO Catherine leads a very full life life with two rather lively little boys who keep her very busy and make her laugh. She also has a passion for pottering in her greenhouse and growing too many vegetables, to the exasperation of her patient husband.