Kate studied at Manchester University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her tutors included Christopher Bunting, Bernard Gregor-Smith of the Lindsays and Stefan Popov. She taught cello privately and for Nottinghamshire Education, and has played professionally with quartets and orchestras across the Midlands.

A founder member of Capriccio, and its close relative Brief Encounter Piano Trio, Kate also fulfils freelance engagements with other string quartets, Volante Strings, and is a regular member of Chamber Cellos, an all-cello ensemble based in South London.