Nell Catchpole

sound artist, composer, curator, performer, teacher, researcher

Nell's practice is grounded in enquiry, experimentation, interaction and activism.  These days she is less likely to be on stage with a violin and more likely to be in the forest, possibly holding a stick or some grass or a stone, and listening.



Nell's sound-making and research explore her relationship with the natural environment through interactions and interventions in the landscape.   She explores different states of being and knowing and the potential of these experiences to unsettle and challenge habits of interpretation and understanding.

Nell makes mixed media installations, sound/video pieces and performance/seminars.  She has presented her research practice at the RMA annual conference and at the Guildhall 'Reflective Conservatoire' Conference.  She recently created a new sound piece for the SPARC 'Land Music' symposium in London.  Future projects include an installation at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park in Northumbria.

Ongoing research/teaching collaborations include 'MAP/making' with visual artist, Sophie Clements (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, RCA, Central St Martins), and 'Unfinished', a curatorial project with Jan Hendrickse (Guildhall, Tate Exchange).  She has been a Masters Course Leader at Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2007, receiving a HEA Senior Fellowship.  Nell was awarded a Phillip Leverhulme Prize to establish her research practice.


Nell has created new work with Choreographer Hofesh Shechter (Shechter Company, Barbican and Royal Ballet); Choreographer, Julie Cunningham (Barbican and Sadlers Wells); Theatre Director, Lucy Bailey (Sheffield Lyceum, Lyric Hammersmith, Hampstead, Northampton Theatre Royal); and Poet, Kate Tempest (BAC, Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel Award). 

As violininst/string arranger, she has worked for three decades with Brian Eno as well as appearing on albums by Hozier, Mumford and Sons, U2, Peter Gabriel, Manic Street Preachers and many more.  As member of The Lea Shores, she supported Kasabian, Paul Weller and The Brian Jonestown Massacre and created an album with producer, Ben Hillier.  She toured with Nigel Kennedy, Palestinian band Sabreen, Jocelyn Pook, Fred Frith and Basquiat Strings (Mercury nominated).

With Lucy Bailey, Nell co-founded and led music theatre company, the gogmagogs (1995 - 2007).  The company created 7 shows, commissioning new work from 27 composers and performing all over the world.

Contact Nell here.