Catherine Birch

Catherine Birch is a Senior Lecturer in Community Music at York St. John University, UK. As a regular practitioner for the York St. John Prison Partnership Project, she facilitates singing and song-writing 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 PhD researcher through the International Centre for Community Music, supervised by Professor Lee Higgins, exploring how working in a trauma-informed way, particularly using the voice in singing and song writing, can be impactful as a tool in trauma recovery.