Catherine Dunlop

Patrick Holmes has provided us with these memories of Catherine, one of our altos who died in October.

Catherine was born in November 1927 and spent most of her childhood in the rectory in Yattendon, Berkshire, which was large, cold and had no electricity. Maybe this helped to shape her into someone who cherished the more important things in life – family, entertaining, meeting new people and embracing new experiences. She was an adventurer and travelled the world with her husband, Robin, usually in search of new and interesting wines. They were particularly fond of Italian reds!
Her greatest passion was music. She began to learn the harp at the age of nine after her mother thought that one would look nice in the drawing room. She eventually owned seven which made her lounge look a bit crowded! After the war she enrolled in the Royal College of Music for three years and then played the harp professionally for a while. In 2008 she became a music therapist playing in local care homes and the Garden House Hospice. She was always ready to discourse on harps, especially on the manufacture of harp strings from cows innards, including the gory details!
Catherine joined the Guild which gave her the opportunity to sing, socialise and travel. She regularly sponsored harp concerts in Ashwell church, summoning (not requesting!) all and sundry to provide refreshments and serve drinks. She was a real character and will be much missed by her many friends.


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