For Kit with Love :
Please leave your messages in the comment sections to celebrate our dearest friend.
Wonderful person. Creative but always had the time for you
I was lucky enough to work with Kate, albeit briefly. An incredible artist and interpreter of this world.
She will be greatly missed x
Such an amazing person and creative artist. The days I expent with her I realized how much she shines and how generous she was.
Kate was a very dear friend and a colleague. She brought an amazing depth to our work with Bred in the Bone through music and voice. Kate help us explore even further the world of sound and our voices on a level that completely merged with the work. She was a true artist and a true seeker of truth. I had, and still have, great respect for her intuition, the depth of her work and hoe she immersed herself in her creativity. Like an artist. Kate was a poet, a musician, a singer, a performer. She drew, she photographed and made pictures from flowers.She probably created in even more ways. She was also a friend, a good friend who I will miss sorely and who had such an impact on my life, through our work and through our friendship..
It’s hard to put into words what Kate meant to me. I met Kate at Rose Bruford and we bonded instantly over our love of Chicago (I’m from Chicago and she had just finished studying there in the winter). We became quick friends and I was so impressed with her artistic sensibilities and her skills as a performer that I asked her to do my MA showcase with me, even though she wasn’t in my program. We performed scenes from Bug, the play by Tracy Letts and had a really intense rehearsal process where we spent almost 8 hours each day with each other rehearsing. I’m so thankful she said yes and that we got to do our showcase together. She pushed me so much as an artist and as a performer through that process and I don’t think I could have done this with anybody else. I’m so thankful for the time we got to spend together, both socially at drama school and in the rehearsal room and I look back at that time with such fond memories. She was a truly unique and singular person. A true artist and an extremely generous person. She was one of my closest friends at Drama school and I really am so lucky that I got to know her. I miss her dearly but I am thankful for the impact she made, both artistically and as a friend.
Kit, the most beautiful soul. Kind, witty and generous to your core. Sending peace and love to the stars dear friend. x
I only worked with her Kate a few times, and although we didn't see eye to eye on some things (we both being passionate and politically active), I could nonetheless respect her commitment and ability as a singer-songwriter. She came across as selfless, both in the room and outside it; by the nature of the work she produced and the way she interacted with others. To die so young is of course a tragedy, but what led to this is a tragedy for all of us. I've been in similar places myself, and can say that the care by others combined with the will to genuinely listen can move mountains when you're in a hole. It really is ok not to be ok, and it's important to talk to each other beyond the British superficial "how are you?".
Good luck Kit, and thanks for the music and thoughts your journey left through life left us.
Brighton, 29th November 2021
I can’t write about you in the past, so I will just tell you here what I have not quite managed to put in words before you left.
It has been a privilege and an honour to have been your teacher, to know you as a person and as an artist, and more importantly for me, to have been considered as your friend. Thank you for joining our journeys of theatre making, and for allowing me to walk with you, sharing your landscapes in Yorkshire and Wales. The places where your poetry, music and art found their source and inspiration. Thank you for trusting them with me.
I have seen you thrived to become the most beautifully talented singer, poet, and performer; and the true artist that you are in heart and soul. I will miss waiting for the next song, the next poem, the next thought from Kit that comes through the post, or by a conversation on the phone, and in your performances. Most of all I will miss your singular singing voice that always moved me to my core.
I am not sure you ever liked the idea of leading work or being a ‘teacher’ yourself, but I know for a fact that you continue to make a great impact on the lives of those you have shared your work with, and that what you left with them will be conveyed and will continue to echo and ripple to touch others.
Performing with you was like having a conversation together; always with the most joyful caring support. Thank you for your presence, for your music and magically for your voice that is like no other and transports anyone who has the leisure of hearing it. I always felt that our performance of Orpheus could never go wrong as you would conquer the audience (and me) with the incredible singing of your concluding song “Anchor”.
During this last year you have been an invaluable companion, a fellow artist, and crucially a dear and faithful friend who gave me hope and sense when I most needed it. I am so thankful for the times you and I have shared together in the past years, and how meaningful they have have been to my life.
It is inconceivable for me that I will not share more time with you again. Your words, your poetry, your images remain with me, and with all of us.
The light that you sparkled on this world continues to shine on all that we do.
Sister, I’m not sure how we are going to be in the space without you, to sing and to make music without you.
Like that of a shooting star, yours is a candescent light that stays and keeps shining in the eye long after it is gone – one that can never really disappear.
Keep on flying little star.
Kate was so proud of her time with bred in the bone and loved to collaborate with the artists she met there
Her presence is greatly missed by her fellow artists and creative people ..her illness and subsequent loss of life will not define her we will try and remember the person she was and for all the gifts she gave us to treasure which we will find a way to honor and share
Kate was a prolific writer and I was astounded to find a diary she had written in from 2008 until 2019 so many memories captured in her journal ..in particular I found a scarp book she made in 2003 when we went on a family holiday to France beautiful postcards that she kept and funny memories she’d written down including a scary grandma in the attic of the house we rented that she scared her brother with .
We her family will love and cherish her forever she was a complex multi layered person just like her art but above all she was kind loving and the best daughter sister you could wish for ..
Thank you for your tribute and for coming to her farewell service
May her memory be a blessing
Such a natural and beautiful talent, her words and music will be remembered forever. Kit/katie was such a kind generous person, whom shared so much and gave her all, she will be loved and treasured forever,
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