Catherine Bott guest speaker

Catherine Bott's speaking voice can regularly be heard on BBC Radio. She presents The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 at weekends, and is one of the hosts of Performance on 3. She has also presented programmes about Saint Cecilia and Mantovani on BBC Radio 4. In 2007 she gave a series of talks on the life and music of JS Bach for a leading cultural travel company, and for passengers on Lufthansa flights she is the English voice of 'Time for Classics'.

Catherine first made her name as a singer. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and then spent two years singing everything from Bach to Berio with the Swingles before beginning her solo career. She is recognised as a virtuoso of early music: among her many recordings in this field are Bach's St John Passion with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music.

She is a patron of the Portsmouth Festivities and a Governor of Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama awarded her a Fellowship in 2009.