Music plays a vital role in the life and community of St Catherine’s. Our vision is to instil a love of music for life and to give our girls every opportunity to take part in and experience music making. There are many choirs and ensembles on offer, including St Catherine’s Singers, the Orchestra and the Sienna Singers. There are formal and informal concerts given throughout the year. Working closely with the Drama department, singers and instrumentalist have been involved in the school productions of Little Women, Oriana, The Lion King and Sister Act.
We have a highly dedicated and professional team of peripatetic staff. All orchestral instruments, voice, piano, guitar and percussion are available to learn. We act as a centre for Associated Board exams and many pupils enter each year, achieving excellent results.
The curriculum is broad and varied, covering music from the Western classical tradition, Jazz and Blues, World Music, Musical Theatre and Folk Music. Girls are welcome to come to the Department in their free time and create a band, pursue any musical interest of their own or simply practise. Concert visits are organised as well as master classes by visiting professional musicians and singers. A number of our students have gone on to read music at university and are now pursuing professional music careers.