Kate Shipway

Kate is an experienced choral director, workshop leader and vocal coach. Kate loves to enable and encourage people to sing, a vital skill for leading choirs, vocal ensembles, and singing workshops.


She is a freelance choral leader, conductor and vocal tutor, giving INSET sessions to teachers on leading singing in schools.


Kate is musical director of Romulus Singers, Cheshire A Cappella and Vocal Expressions and she leads the Singing In... Choirs in Bamford, Grenoside and Stocksbridge. She sings alto in Sine Nomine and lead in Revolution (an a cappella quartet and member of LABBS).


Kate Shipway

Kate Shipway

Kate Shipway - MD

Kate Shipway - MD



Lynne - Bari, Carolyn - Bass, Kate - Lead, Alison Tenor



The first four singers in a flashmob Hallelujah Chorus with Sine Nomine in 2013

Sine Nomine

Sine Nomine

On the steps of Tabley Hall in 2013

'Very enjoyable working with you - all your skill, energy and sense of fun still shining through.'

Ian Akroyd - MD Cantabile

Kate's favourite artists:

As well as singing and directing, Kate's love of live music extends to going to watch other musicians perform. She has seen some fantastic musicians and some of her favourites include:

Nik Kershaw

James Taylor

Ben Folds

Andreas Scholl

Marin Alsop

Forth Valley Chorus

Yo Yo Ma

The King's Singers

Neil Cowley Trio


Kate's other passions:

Kate loves baking and then enjoying and sharing the results! All the UK based Singing In... holidays will have homemade cakes and biscuits to enjoy. Kate also loves walking with friends, particularly in the Lake District but anywhere with fresh air and a beautiful view. A pub at the end is an added bonus!

'Thank you - an enjoyable, challenging and inspirational workshop!'

Singer from Cantabile

'Kate’s rehearsals are a great balance between serious dedication to task, and improvisation, working with the choir collectively or with individual sections.     I always feel supported and valued.'

Paul Heaton - Baritone in RMVC

'The feedback from everyone about your workshop was really excellent, without exception people found it extremely valuable and well delivered.'

Frances Bernstein - MD - Free Range Choir

'Kate is an inspiring choir master and got the best from the group.'

Colin Stewart - SI...tL Participant

Praise for Kate's work:
Kate's favourite places:

Two of Kate's favourite places are the Lake District, Cumbria and Las Alpujarras, Granada. No surprise then that the first Singing In... holidays are in these two areas. Both have stunning scenery in abundance that bring about a wonderful sense of peace and calm. 

Other favourite places are Stresa and Florence, Italy; Kyoto, Japan (particularly in spring and autumn); Leipzig, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. Watch this space for future Singing In... holidays! Do you have a favourite place you would love to visit on a Singing In... holiday? Let us know... Contact us here.