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date: 17 September 2019

Bott, Catherine Jane free

Born 11 Sept. 1952; d of Maurice Bott and Patricia Bott (née Sherlock)

singer and broadcaster


King’s High Sch. for Girls, Warwick; Guildhall Sch. of Music and Drama (GGSM)


Concert, oratorio and recital singer; worldwide concert engagements, incl. world premières of Francis Grier’s Five Joyful Mysteries, 2000, Joe Duddell’s Not Waving but Drowning, 2002; first public performance of Jonathan Dove’s Five Am’rous Sighs, 2002; radio broadcasts; numerous recordings with leading ensembles and orchestras, recital recordings and recordings of operatic roles, incl. Purcell’s Dido, Messaggiera (l’Orfeo), Drusilla (l’Incoronazione di Poppaea), and Mandane (Artaxerxes). Co-Presenter, The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3, 2003–13; presenter, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music, Classic FM, 2013–; regular contribs to music and arts progs on Radio 3 and Radio 4. Gov., Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 2008–12 (Hon. Fellow, 2013); Patron: Portsmouth Festivities, 2005–; Isleworth Baroque, 2006–. FGS (FGSM 2009)


exploring London, going to the ballet, learning Spanish rather slowly


c/o MAS, Ranmore House, 19 Ranmore Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1HE