Catherine was born in Hampshire and trained as a classical musician at Chichester College of Technology, Bristol University and the Royal College of Music. She was the first ever Attached Student to the London Sinfonietta Education Programme in 1986-7, working with the then Education Officer Gillian Moore and taking part in projects with numerous distinguished musicians and composers.
She immediately moved into a career as an education manager for organisations including Endymion Ensemble, the London College of Music, Musica da Camera and Sinfonia 21 (formerly Docklands Sinfonietta), of which she was a founding member. She also carried out a number of projects in Sweden with orchestras and ensembles in Sundsvall, Lulea and Jonkoping.
In 1985 she became the Education Development Manager for Eastern Touring Agency (now Momentum Arts), working with a range of small, medium and large-scale arts venues to develop educational work, particularly linked with touring and new work. She also ran conferences, training and the Venue Education Network in the eastern region. Her publications include Building Better Relationships with Schools and The Family Factor: a guide for arts organisations.
Her teaching and coaching experience includes 14 years with the Bedford Saturday Morning Music School and working with the County Youth Orchestras in Bedfordshire as a tutor and conductor. She also conducts amateur ensembles locally.
She set up Catherine Rose's Office in 2002. From 2010-2012, she was Acting Director and then Co-Director of Arts Inform, working with a number of major organisations both in London and nationally, before returning to her main consultancy role at CRO Ltd in 2013.
Having worked for Arts Professional, the leading magazine for arts management, for five years as the writer of the fortnightly e-mail bulletin 'APe-mail', she was Editor of the magazine for over two years.
She is currently working extensively in evaluation and evaluation planning, impact assessment and training. Recent clients include the Family Arts Campaign, the Royal Opera House Bridge, Watford Palace Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and the Royal Court Theatre.