Katy Ashman

Caty AShman

Katy Ashman has been playing the flute since childhood and started playing bassoon as an adult. Until 2018 she played in a number of local orchestras in Dorset and Somerset, and taught woodwind in North Dorset having studied Music (Musicology specialism) with Professor Roger Heaton and Flute with Richard Dobson at Bath Spa University.

Katy managed Musica Music & Wellbeing in Dorset until 2018, which provides workshops for older adults, particularly those living with dementia. She continues this work in North Wales running Conwy Community Music.

She volunteers alongside Miles at the British Double Reed Society promoting all things oboe and bassoon! With Miles she founded the Blackmore Vale Orchestra in 2017, bringing a new chamber orchestra and high quality music making to North Dorset.

She has also been a guest conductor at a local series of days for wind players at St Roch Church, Pendomer and deputy conductor for Wimborne Community Orchestra in 2014. In Summer 2016 she took over from Miles as Director of Music of the Sturminster Newton Orchestra and said a fond farewell to the orchestra in July 2018 on relocation to North Wales.

She is currently playing with Conwy Town Orchestra and Bangor University Symphony Orchestra. Katy won a silver award at the Community Radio Awards in 2017 in the best newcomer to radio category – she is passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone and to prove it’s not just about playing symphonies.

She also loves gardening, driving her convertible and going to concerts.