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Your Musicians-in-Residence are Dr. Shelley Katz and Diana Gilchrist, Canadian musicians who have been based in Europe for over twenty years. Diana has a regular weekly presence at the BISC in addition to her teaching duties and Shelley visits during each term to give occasional concerts, lectures, lecture-recitals, workshops, or master-classes.

Shelley Katz

Dr Shelley Katz Shelley is a pianist and conductor with Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Julliard in New York. While based in New York, Shelley Katz performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist and was the pianist for the New York Contemporary Ensemble under Stanislaw Skrowaczewskii. He also worked under eminent conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Georg Solti. He is also a music technologist, with a PhD from Surrey University, who holds several patents. As a performer, Shelley’s career takes him around the world and as a researcher he is the Director of the Surrey University Symphonova Project and a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Diana Gilchrist

Diana GilchristDiana is an opera singer who founded Ottawa's Opera Lyra and was its Artistic Director until moving to Europe to pursue her singing career. Her Mozart roles include: Susannah (Le Nozze de Figaro), Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) which she has sung in Vienna, Paris and Berlin, while other roles have taken her to North America and Asia. Other leading roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gilda (Rigoletto) and the title roles in The Merry Widow and The Cunning Vixen. Diana currently combines performing with her work at the BISC and PhD studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Music at the heart of the Castle

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  • Choir, chamber choir and other vocal ensembles
  • Trips to colleges in Oxford and Cambridge for joint choral performances with choral scholars
  • Student performances at the castle and in other UK venues
  • Trips to opera, ballet and other classical performances in London, Glyndebourne and at local venues
  • Opportunities to make music with members of the local community
  • Opportunities to be involved with and/or perform with cutting edge music technology
  • Orchestral and instrumental ensembles (the BISC does not have any orchestral instruments so students wanting to play in ensembles are asked to bring their own instruments or to rent instruments locally while they are here)
  • Master-classes for students who already play an instrument or sing
  • Music theatre and drama workshops
  • Lecture-recitals
  • Students may request private singing lessons with Diana and she can help arrangement instrumental lessons or singing lessons with other teachers in London or locally. The hourly charge for private lessons is linked to the Queen’s School of Music rates. Please contact Diana for further details.
  • Music Studios: There is one Music Studio in Bader Hall and another in the Castle.
  • Grand piano in the Elizabethan Room.
  • Baby Grand piano in the Bader Music Studio.
  • Guitars: Student Services has various guitars that are available on loan.

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Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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