Beat Musician in Residence 2014: Katie Richardson

Areas of Work

As the Beat Carnival's Musician-in-Residence:

  • Composition/songwriting/arrangement
  • Music performance
  • Music production
  • Choral direction

Beat Carnival’s Musician In Residence 2014 is musician, composer, musical director, actress and facilitator Katie Richardson. Katie will work with Beat’s Director, David Boyd, on defining and strengthening the artistic identity and range of Beat’s carnival music and will create new music that complements, contributes to and expands Beat’s carnival events and other music programmes. Katie is composing a Belfast-themed song and overseeing formation of a Beat Carnival Band and Street Choir, which will play a key role in Beat's carnival events programme. 

Known for her energetic and engaging live performances, Katie has performed with many bands including her own, Katie and the Carnival and Goldie Fawn, and collective The Salt Flats. She has made many TV, radio and festival appearances and has worked and shared a stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Matt Cardle, Misha B, Duke Special, The Inishowen Gospel Choir, Emmy the Great, Thomas Truax, Nell Bryden, Open Arts Choir, Hothouse Flowers and Jesca Hoop. Katie has performed in venues all over the UK and Ireland as a soloist, session singer and choral singer in several award-winning choirs. 

Katie has composed music for various theatre companies and organisations, including Tinderbox Theatre Company, Red Lemon Productions and the MAC. She composed a live soundtrack for Beat Carnival production Journey to the Land of Giants in 2012 and has written a diverse range of music for many community arts projects around Ireland.

Katie works as a facilitator in music, drama and visual arts for many Northern Irish organisations and with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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