Kate Paterson appointed Head of Vocal Faculty

-Posted on 08.03.2017

Kate Paterson, one of the UK’s leading vocal pedagogues and professor of singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for the last ten years, has been appointed as Head of the Vocal Faculty of the Royal Academy of Music from September 2017. She replaces Professor Mark Wildman who has led the department with great distinction since 1990.

Originally from Melbourne, Kate has sung professionally in the UK for twenty years, both as a soloist and, for more than a decade, as an extra-chorister with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Paterson said of the appointment: ‘I am very excited to be joining a thriving department at the Academy and to build upon the remarkable leadership shown by Mark Wildman over many years. To have the chance to develop top-level vocal education in this country at the Academy is a thrilling prospect and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues. I feel deeply committed to giving all students the best chance to succeed, whether in Royal Academy Opera or outside it.’

The Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: ‘Kate’s reputation as a vocal teacher of outstanding young musicians over several years is testament to her thoughtful and practical approach to getting the best out of singers. Her commitment to a broad spectrum of vocal practice, within the complex holistic issues with which a head of department is concerned daily, presents the Academy with a special opportunity to build further on a period of extraordinary success. Kate is also a collaborator of the highest order and this bodes well for future projects, both inside and outside the Academy.’

Professor Mark Wildman will continue to teach on the staff at the Academy and is appointed from September 2017 as Henry Cummings Distinguished Professor of Singing.

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