GPS: 50°32'3.082"N, 14°7'52.501"E
Date of Event : 13.07.2019
Distance from the center: 0.03 km
Choir, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Solo Organists
Mr. M. Greenfield – Director of Music
Matthew joined St Catherine’s in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford where, amongst other things, he was Assistant Director of the Chapel Choir at Oriel College and a member of a barbershop quartet. Alongside his various roles at St Catherine’s, which include Sixth Form Tutor, timetabler and Physics teacher, Matthew is also Director of Music at the church of Ss Peter & Paul in Godalming. He is semi-active as a composer, arranger, conductor and accompanist, and has directed choirs on tour in a number of cathedrals around the country including Chichester, Canterbury and St Paul’s.
Wind Band and String Orchestra
These are both training ensembles for Middle School musicians up to Grade 3/4 level and are excellent ways to learn how to play in a group. In past years girls have enjoyed playing the theme music to Harry Potter, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the James Bond Theme and various other pieces. The String Orchestra gives its members an opportunity to learn the basics of orchestral and ensemble playing, and to become familiar with both the pleasure and responsibility that comes from collective music-making. These two ensembles perform in the St Catherine’s Day Gala Concert and the Middle School Summer Concert.
The Concert Band is for brass and wind players from Grade 5 upwards, as well as featuring a battery of percussionists. The repertoire is fun, including film music such as Pirates of the Caribbean. The Concert Band performs at the St Catherine’s Day Gala Concert and the Senior School Summer Concert, as well as playing on Remembrance Day, Speech Day and other large-scale school events.
The Senior Chamber Choir and Camerata
St Catherine's School has a long choral tradition. The school boasts no fewer than nine choirs, all of which keep very busy singing a large and varied repertoire of music.
The Senior Chamber Choir at St Catherine's is an auditioned group of girls in the top four years of the school drawn from the much larger Senior Choir. The choir sings a variety of repertoire and styles in 3-8 parts, a capella and accompanied, and rehearses twice a week. The Senior Chamber Choir tours regularly, has previously reached the final of the Choir of the Year competition, and has sung with the tenor Russell Watson on his first two CDs.
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