Cat is passionate about enabling people to connect with music - whether it's uncovering a hidden singing voice or overcoming a physical or mental disability. She is a firm believer in the emotional, physical, and social benefits of community music making, and her workshops have inspired many people to a find new and joyful ways of experiencing music.
Please feel free to explore this website, and get in touch if you want to find out what Cat can do for you. Cat is based in Oxfordshire but may be able to travel to your area, or recommend another practitioner close to you.
"My friends and family say they have seen a change in me. Life has been pretty hard over the last few years and you have made me feel I am someone again."
-- feedback from choir member, Welcome Songs project
"I was delighted to find Cat Kelly’s Makaton Project at Folk Weekend Oxford. It has long been known that music speeds language acquisition, so the combination of fine folk melodies and Makaton signing is perfect entertainment for a special needs audience. Melodeon, violin and guitar entwine in a pageant of folk songs, both traditional and home-grown, with Cat’s accompanying vocals and gestures. There is something to suit all tastes and language levels, from narrative songs of the fox and goose-o to moving ballads of fallen soldiers. Each one is supported by simple interpretive Makaton gestures, with easy sign-along choruses, modelled beforehand by Cat. She takes care to explain the programme as it progresses at a suitable pace for the relaxed crowd, even warning us when we are likely to be moved to tears. No crying on the day I witnessed it, just spontaneous dancing in the aisles." -- feedback from audience member, Makaton Folk Song project performance