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Katie Hodges

Brass, Trumpet

As a busy freelance player Katie has built up exciting and wide-ranging experience over many different genres and instruments. She studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating with a first class degree, followed by a Masters Degree in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and further studies with Jean-François Madeuf at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Period performance is her specialism and Katie is passionate about exploring instruments and music of the past,
from the natural trumpet to more “modern” instruments involving valves such as the saxhorn and the early cornet. Katie is probably the only female to ever have played the “real” natural trumpet (without the aid of vent holes) at the Royal Albert Hall, performing in the BBC Proms with Concert Spirituel, and she is regularly invited to play this instrument with period ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, Spiritato and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. She is founder of the Altenburg Ensemble and she tutors at the Chalemie Easter School and other natural trumpet courses. Katie is also guest-lecturer in historical performance at Trinity Laban College of Music.

Also a “modern” trumpet player Katie plays numerous styles of music, performing with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. She has recorded numerous film and TV soundtracks with the Chamber Orchestra of London. Her performances in the pop world involve playing for Kanye West and Adele, including Adele's UK tour in 2016 and headlining Glastonbury with her.

When not playing the trumpet Katie enjoys spending time with her family, running, walking and cycling.