Catherine Barnett graduated from the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM). Continuing her studies with Clifton Helliwell, she gained a distinction in accompaniment in her postgraduate year. She went on to work as a repetiteur in the Opera Department of the College and was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Her professional career has been mainly as an accompanist, but also as a piano teacher.
Over the years, she has worked with a wide variety of musicians in Master Classes, Opera Groups and Choirs and with singers in many parts of the British Isles, including Opera performances on the Isle of Skye. During the five years when she lived in Yorkshire, she was a rehearsal accompanist to the Huddersfield Choral Society, where she worked with several leading choral conductors.
Catherine is in considerable demand in North Wales and the North West as a distinguished and experienced accompanist with a wide and varied repertoire.