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Catherine Birch

Catherine Birch is a senior lecturer in community music at York St John University, United Kingdom. As a regular practitioner for the York St John Prison Partnership Project, she facilitates singing and songwriting sessions for the Emerging Voices project, using trauma-informed practice as a pedagogical framework. As a community musician, Catherine has worked primarily as a vocal leader, with all ages, across the education sector as well as in community settings. Catherine is currently a Ph.D. researcher through the International Centre for Community Music, supervised by Professor Lee Higgins, exploring how working with trauma-informed practice, particularly using the voice in singing and songwriting, can be impactful as a tool in trauma recovery.

Contact: York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX, UK.

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