Katherine Owen was brought up in Cheltenham. At junior school she excelled at music, first learning to play the recorder and later the cornet. At secondary school she also learnt the French horn, the viola, the guitar and the piano. She played in Cheltenham Youth Brass, Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra and was a founder member of the North Gloucestershire Youth Choir.
She studied music at Huddersfield where she concentrated on the French horn and composition. Afterwards
she completed her PGCE in Birmingham and has been teaching ever since, both as a classroom and peripatetic
After she married Norman Owen (pianist, organist and horn player) she decided to extend her
skills by having flute lessons and took her grade 8 when she was pregnant with her first child.
Her experiences include working with babies and toddlers, teaching primary class music and secondary school
music including GCSE and A’ Level as well as individual and small group lessons. Having young children
exposed her to the importance of all art forms and during this period learnt many new skills which she
has been able to pass on across the ages.
She has gained a wealth of knowledge working for the
Coventry, Warwickshire and Suffolk Music services.
Whilst working for Warwickshire County Music Service she set up and ran the very successful Bedworth Schools
Wind Band. When she started her family she gave up the band and it was absorbed into the Bedworth Music School.
She now works full time for Mostly-Music.
She has trained as an Arts Award Advisor and has enjoyed 100% success rate for her pupils.
Katherine has also been made West Midlands Volunteer Co-ordinator for the National Orchestra for All.
Katherine has been the director of St. Barbara’s Church Choir since 2007. She plays the flute and recorder
at church in the instrumental group and her horn in the Heart of England Co-operative Orchestra and the Film
Orchestra. She plays her trumpet at church for special occasions.