Caroline's work in musical theatre began at the Kit Kat Club playing Keys 1 in Cabaret at the Leicester Haymarket in 1990. She conducted her first West End show in 1993 as Assistant MD on the ill-fated Leonardo - A Portrait of Love, and has since enjoyed a busy and varied career.
She is currently the musical supervisor for the new Stiles and Drewe musical Identical, directed by Trevor Nunn, now scheduled for summer 2021 at the Nottingham Playhouse. In 2019, Caroline was orchestrator, supervisor, and musical director for Tim Firth's musical This Is My Family at Chichester Festival Theatre, a project very close to her heart. She has played a significant role in its development since 2012 and subsequent first outing in Sheffield. Other recent supervising credits include The Producers (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and the all-female Don’t Tell Me Not To Fly featuring Janie Dee, Claire Sweeney, Danielle Hope and Ria Jones (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival).
Caroline joined the Menier Chocolate Factory team in 2005 and was the musical director for the company's critically-acclaimed production of Sunday in the Park with George. The show transferred to the West End (Wyndham's Theatre,) and won Olivier Awards. over five categories. It later moved to New York for Roundabout Theatre Company, and received eight Tony nominations. Over the next five years for the Menier, Caroline supervised Little Shop of Horrors with Sheridan Smith (West End, UK Tour), They’re Playing Our Song, Aspects of Love, and Trevor Nunn's A Little Night Music - which transferred first to the Garrick, then to Broadway with Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta Jones. The production was later staged in Hungarian at Centrál Színház, Budapest, where it ran for three years. During her time at the Menier, Caroline was also musical director for Tick, Tick, Boom... with Neil Patrick Harris, and Maltby and Shire's Take Flight, and for two years she led the successful Menier Musical Theatre Summer School programme.
Other musical direction highlights include Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), The Last Five Years (New Wolsey, Ipswich), This Is My Family (Sheffield Theatres), Daddy Long Legs (St James Theatre), The Water Babies and The Gondoliers (Chichester Festival Theatre), Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar and Brooklyn Academy of Music), Hair (Spektrum Arena, Oslo), Take Flight and Closer Than Ever (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Honk! (UK Tour), Oliver! (Sheffield). West End conducting credits include A Little Night Music (Garrick); Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndhams); Passion (Queens); Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych); Leonardo (Strand); Maddie (Lyric); Tell Me on a Sunday, and Romance, Romance (Gielgud).
Caroline's orchestration and composition work includes: This Is My Family (Chichester/Sheffield Theatres); The Wind in the Willows (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); They’re Playing Our Song (Menier); The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Clwyd); Maddie (Salisbury Playhouse and West End); and featured arrangements for Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement.
Notable recordings include A Little Night Music (2010 Broadway); Take Flight (2007); Sunday in the Park with George (2006 London); Twelfth Night/Uncle Vanya (2003); Maddie (1998); Passion (1997 London); Starting Here, Starting Now (1992).
Caroline works extensively at many of the leading UK drama schools, as an educator, audition panellist, musical director and coach. She is a guest leader for Book, Music and Lyrics, and she is currently on the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Music.