Katie Hawks – that’s me – read History at St Andrews and Cambridge Universities. I then spent 5 years enthusing about it to bemused teenagers before going off on a tangent into the world of furniture restoration. I took a FdA in Furniture Restoration at London Metropolitan University and have spent a few years fiddling with bits of old wood. On the side, I dabble in music, singing, conducting and writing (chiefly about Handel). I’ve conducted performances of, inter alia, Handel’s Messiah, Trionfo del Tempo, Acis & Galatea and Giulio Cesare, Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista, and choral music from Dunstable to Vaughan Williams. I review for Early Music Review, and have contributed to 18th Century Music, the Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia and to a couple of TV programmes on arcane topics. One day, I hope to work out what I want to do when I grow up.
I love to rant, even when no-one’s listening: blogging is, therefore, perfect. Recently Country Life sent me a bottle of Bollie for a letter ticking them off for assuming chainsaws are for men: I’m now delighted to be able to describe myself as a ‘champagne feminist’.