ASPP Advisory Board
Catherine Arlidge is Sub Principal Second Violin in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. NCO GB is essentially a mini Team GB for classical music, supporting over 700 exceptional young musicians from across the country, in 11 orchestras.
As a professional violinist who has dedicated the past 25 years to performing, touring and recording with the CBSO, along side a busy programme of educational activities off the concert platform. She presents schools and family concerts across the UK and is a founder member of The Stringcredibles – a string quartet dedicated to exploring the relationship between classical performers and their audiences. She is a passionate advocate for the value of creativity in education and recently served a 6 year tenure on the board of the Association of British Orchestras.
She was awarded an MBE for services to Music Education in the 2016 New Years Honours and in 2015 she was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras’ Salomon Prize, an award for the ‘unsung’ heroes of our orchestras.”