Kath Reade is a talented singer / songwriter / guitarist with a stunning voice, whose songs can touch and open the heart of the listener. Her CDs can be found on www.kathreade.com
Kath is a skilful group facilitator. She works with Tibetan singing bowls and drums and gongs to allow sound frequencies to work deeply in body and spirit. She has a very engaging way of communicating with people, with wit and warmth.
Kath has a rich life experience. She was a carer for her chronically ill mother from an early age, and went on to become a social worker and music therapy community worker in the toughest parts of Manchester, Burnley, and Blackburn. For many decades she devoted her life to championing the underdog. She was a peace activist, anti-apartheid campaigner, and a local councillor representing a deprived ward in Burnley, Lancashire, where she lives. She was the first woman to become Leader of Burnley Council, where she helped to bring a purpose-built women’s refuge into being, and attracted millions of pounds of regeneration funding into deprived areas. She was a founder member of the Board of the North West Development Agency, speaking at international conferences on health, poverty and regeneration. She was Chair of Cumbria & Lancashire NHS, and as Chair of NHS East Lancashire, pioneered the ‘Saving a Million Years of Extra Life’ public health campaign to reduce health inequalities. Her guiding principles have always been the quest for justice, equality, and peace.
From 2011, Kath has concentrated her energies on music and spiritual pursuits, especially the Sound Workshops. She has a daily Qi Gong practice, studying in the Hua Gong school with Master Zhixing Wang for the last ten years.
Kath is a qualified teacher, with a B.Sc(hons) in Social Sciences, and was for many years a lecturer / course tutor in Further and Higher Education. She also has an M.A. in Women’s Studies, and a Post-Graduate Cert. Ed. She is a Reiki Master, and has a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills. Trained in Sound Healing by Tim Wheater (Certificate in Sound Consciousness), and as a Gongmaster by Don Conreaux and Aidan McIntyre.