The Board of Trustees has overall responsiblity for the operation and governance of the Charity.
Catherine Beddison was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2019. She is also a senior conducting tutor within the organisation.
An expert in music education, Catherine has an impressive proven track record of setting high standards, enthusing children and encouraging them to fully develop their musical skills. She is Deputy Head (Operational) at Cranleigh Prep School, championing the creative arts subjects, and teaching in the Music Department. She is involved in strategic work at Cranleigh and with the sister schools in Abu Dhabi and China.
Catherine also works as a freelance conductor, adjudicator, consultant, lecturer and singer; and has presented at the Music Teachers’ Association Conference, the Leith Hill Music Festival and the Music Education Expo. She conducts Cranleigh Choral Society, directs the prize-winning Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir and sings with Corra Sound, an ensemble exploring the versatility of the female voice and promoting works by little known female composers.
Sarah directs a versatile array of professional and amateur choirs both in the UK and abroad and has conducted the Hilliard Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir, Kantorei der Friedenskirche Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Harlow Chorus, the RWCMD Chamber Choir, VoxCantab and, as General Manager, worked worldwide with The Sixteen. As guest chorusmaster Sarah has prepared numerous choirs including the BBC Symphony Chorus and she is currently artistic director of professional choir Singscape and chamber choir NC3, and director of the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus which made its debut at the 2019 BBC Proms Dubai singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In huge demand as a teacher, Sarah tutors choral conducting worldwide as well as for Trinity, Jesus and Hertford Colleges in Oxford, Sing for Pleasure and the Association of British Choral Directors. She featured as conducting mentor to actor Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s TV series ‘Maestro’ and is a choral conducting tutor for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s women conductors programme.
As a singer Sarah performs throughout the UK with leading professional female consort Papagena whose recordings have attracted wide acclaim. Recent concerts have included performances at the Edinburgh, Christchurch and Three Choirs Festivals and collaborations with the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford and Birmingham.