“Catherine Bott studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then spent two years singing everything from Bach to Berio with the Swingles before beginning her solo career.
She is recognised as a virtuoso of early music: among her many recordings in this field are Bach's St. John Passion with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppaea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music.
In contrast, she is much in demand by contemporary composers and has premiered and recorded works by Craig Armstrong, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Errollyn Wallen.
Recent cd releases include Delectatio Angeli for Hyperion, "an utter delight, outstanding" (International Record Review) and a collection of Spanish and Moorish songs and poetry, and Convivencia, for the innovative new Fred label: "a rare commitment worthy of spoken theatre" (Gramophone).
Catherine Bott's speaking voice can regularly be heard on BBC Radio: she presents The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 at weekends, and is one of the hosts of R3's weekday evenings, Performance on 3. She has also presented programmes about Saint Cecilia - and Mantovani - on Radio 4. In 2007 she gave a series of talks on the life and music of Bach for a leading cultural travel company, and for passengers on Lufthansa flights she is the English voice of "Time for Classics".
She is a patron of the Portsmouth Festivities and a Governor of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance. The GSM and D awarded her a Fellowship in 2009.”
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