Kate Hosking is a multi-skilled artist (bass player, singer, actor, dancer and choreographer), who completed a Bachelor of Professional Music Practice degree at ANU in 2011 and followed that up with a Graduate Diploma in Education – secondary music at the University of Canberra in 2012. During her time at ANU, Kate completed the MEP course with Susan West and became involved with Dianna Nixon, assisting her with children’s music theatre productions. These experiences fed into Kate’s love of the community and empowered her with the skills to facilitate all members of the community to engage with music.
As a musician, Kate spent four years performing with Australian world music trio, Vardos. This led to five years touring in Europe with the BBC award-winning Slovenian quartet, Terrafolk. Returning to Australia for studies has also seen a return to the stage in Melbourne and Canberra. Most recently Kate created, wrote and performed in her one woman show ‘Diva Sheila, the Eco Diva’ at The Street Theatre, Canberra. Other gigs include narration of over 100 children’s and adult fiction titles for VisionAustralia and Bolinda Books. In 2005, she was nominated for the New York Audies (awards for narration) for her narration of Sarah MacDonald’s Holy Cow, an Indian adventure. (Someone called Sean Penn – reading Bob Dylan Chronicles – won her category that year.)
Over the years, Kate’s community involvement has included weekly visits to an Iraqi family held in a Melbourne detention centre, initiating and facilitating a music program at the Dame Phyllis Frost centre (Deer Park Women’s Prison) and volunteering at 3CR community radio.
Kate conducts Canberra Sings!