Founder of the charity Spirit of Peace and Facilitator
In addition to valuing arts for their intrinsic qualities and the ways they contribute to my personal well-being, I see the arts as having an important part to play in society. In my roles as social worker, sociologist and founder of the charity, Spirit of Peace, I have seen how ‘Culture and the Arts’ are fundamental to human wellbeing both for individuals and communities, bringing healing, harmony, enjoyment and creating and sustaining connections.
I think of art not solely as special objects or forms, but as the creative process which generates music, artworks, food, environments, cultures and experiences - each of which can contribute to health and flourishing.
In 2015, I was pleased to develop a project "Music at the Intersection" together with partners in the Middle East, as part of Spirit of Peace’s ‘Culture and Arts” pathway. It brought together different communities in Israel and Palestine through concerts in Nazareth and Jerusalem. It is of significance to me that the name ‘Music at the Intersection’ was chosen at a cafe on one of the main dividing roads between East and West Jerusalem, stimulated by the starkness and pain of that divide.
I look forward to continuing similar intercultural and interfaith work with a variety of Arts and the inspirational team which has come together through “Arts at the Intersection".
Musician, Founder of UnityMusic
Julia Katarina is an English German mezzo-soprano, oud player and cellist who taught for nearly 4 years at music schools in Palestine, teaching singing, both Western classical technique and repertoire and Arabic song, cello and music theory and singing in church concerts around the country. Previously she co-founded and toured with a chamber opera company, singing the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice. Julia has completed 3 opera courses, including a Diploma at Birkbeck, University of London. She also has an MSc in Applied Music Psychology from Roehampton University, where she gave many recitals and performed a title role in their first fully staged opera production. In 2016 she founded UnityMusicموسيقى توحيد, since touring England, Germany Greece, Holland, Oman, Palestine, Lebanon and Sweden. She plays cello with the Masters of Syria and for the Academy of Arts and Arab Heritage in choral, orchestral concerts of songs from all over the Arabic speaking world and gives Lieder recitals with pianist William Hancox, last year singing Schubert’s Schwanengsang.
Therapist and Artist
Catriona is a Therapist and Artist. She is a qualified Art Counsellor (MACGI level 7), and is a Practitioner of The Havening Techniques (Delta Wave Therapy), and the Emmett Technique.
She has spent much of her life living outside the UK. She has a deep interest in exploring spirituality and the creative process from a multi-faith and cross-cultural perspective, building on her experiences of living in Europe, Asia and Africa.
In her therapy work, Catriona uses art therapy to support vulnerable women to work through their traumas and addictions, and build self-esteem and resilience. In her private therapy practice, her aim is to draw together the strongest combination of therapy options, calibrated to need, in order to help individuals achieve their goals and effect permanent, positive change in their lives.
She also supports art therapy students with their clinical placements, and teaches art.
She is a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
MADELINE CLAIRE DE BERRIÉ
Madeline Claire de Berrié is a musician and opera director as well as an avid nature lover and yoga fanatic.
As a mezzo-soprano and baroque violinist, Madeline has sung with Capella Sancta Maria in Amsterdam (also in collaboration with La Caravaggia), Laurens Collegium Rotterdam, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, The Venice Baroque Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, Praetorius, The Floriade Ensemble, Capella del Arte, The Belgrade Baroque Academy, Venti Vecchi, The Neumayer Consort, Juliard 415 and Chamber Music New Zeland, Capella Cracoviensis (Bach Festival Swindica, Poland), Collegium Musicum Riga and the Guildhall Consort with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Madeline has Directed/Assistant Directed/Choreographed the following operas: (Pelléas et Mélisande, (Debussy), Orpheus et Euridice (Gluck), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Xerxes (Handel), Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc), Orfeo (Monteverdi), Ballo Delle Ingrate (Monteverdi), Les Plaisirs de Versailles (Charpentier), Céphale et Procris: Prologue (Elizabeth Jaquet de la Guerre), Les Arts Florissants (Charpentier), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Alcina (Handel), Jepthe (Carissimi), Jonas (Carissimi), Euridice (Caccini).
Madeline is a graduate of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and BAROCK VOKAL, Centre of Excellence for Early Music Singing, Kolleg für alte Musik an der HfM Mainz. With friends and colleagues she is a co-founded of historial performance ensemble GRAND SIÈCLE, specialising in the repertoire of the French Baroque. Madeline is passionate about lute song and self-accompanies on the lute and theorbo.
Despite leaning considerably towards the introverted and spending quite a lot of most days playing the lute by herself, Madeline loves making connections with people and is excited to be part of this team working to bring people together using the arts!