Second year postgraduate student Kate Derkach will be shortly recording her first album after raising more than £2,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Kate (Applied Linguistics 2017) began writing her own music when she was just nine years old and now has more than 50 original tracks in her repertoire – all with her own piano accompaniment.
She says: “I’ve decided on the songs and found three string players, a drummer and two guitarists in order to start recording my first album. The musicians all come from across the University and include my fellow Fitzbilly Peter Coppola, who will be playing guitar.
“It’s the first time I’ve done arrangements and I’ve found it challenging getting everyone together for rehearsals – I’m glad I’m not having to organise a whole orchestra!”
Originally from the Ukraine, Kate has lived in the UK for around three years. She completed her Masters in Oxford and also previously taught English in Belgium, where she was involved in the Brussels Choral Society.
She is part of the University’s Symphony Chorus here in Cambridge and describes her music as instrumental, lyrical ballads.
The album recordings are set to begin soon at Half-Ton studios in Milton, Cambridge.
Kate says: “I've performed several times at different musical events at Fitz: we had a gig in the Coffee Shop in June, I sang my songs at the Billy Day celebrations this year and also at the MCR Salons.”