Association Choir Concert 2013

The Association Choir is a wonderful opportunity for the family of St Catherine’s - current and former pupils, parents (even grandparents!), staff and governors - to make music together, culminating in a glorious concert.  Meeting for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings during the Autumn and Spring Terms, it is also a chance for members to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Every year we welcome new singers, and the ninth season of the Choir saw over one hundred and sixty members of the Association taking part in the concert in the Auditorium on 23rd March 2013.   

The Choir sang two contrasting masses: Haydn’s Nelson Mass and the Mass of the Children by John Rutter, this year under the excellent direction of Robert Patterson.  Craig Greene, the graduate musician and an outstanding pianist, accompanied the Choir in rehearsal.  The ranks of the altos and sopranos were swelled by girls in the Senior and Middle Chamber Choirs and many parents enjoyed singing with their daughters.  Amongst the four professional soloists were Fleur de Bray (2002 Leaver) and Will Unwin, husband of Mrs Unwin, who teaches the LIII in the Prep School.  The Camerata String Orchestra played for the Haydn Mass and opened both halves of the concert with pieces of their own under the baton of Silja Loya:  Britten’s Simple Symphony and Holst’s Brook Green Suite. The orchestra, which demonstrated some very sensitive ensemble playing, was very ably lead by violinist Grace Miller (2013 Leaver), now studying Classics at Cambridge University.

Proceeds from the retiring collection traditionally aid the work of The Education Kenya International Fund (EnKI).  The audience gave the performers resounding applause and over £600 was raised, inspired by a moving talk given by the Association Prefects, Annabelle Dance and Annie Plews.