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Musicians-in-Residence

Your Musicians-in-Residence are Dr Shelley Katz and Dr Diana Gilchrist. They are Canadian musicians who have been based in Europe since the late 1980's, and they joined the BISC in 1997. Shelley and Diana have a weekly presence at the BISC during term time, and they offer a variety of extra-curricular musical activities and events including choir, concerts, lectures, lecture-recitals, workshops, and master-classes. Shelley is engaged in music technology research and development. Diana's research focuses on voice, opera and musical expression. Diana also teaches MUTH 111 and MUTH 232.

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 Skrowaczewskii. He also worked under eminent conductors including Bernstein, Ozawa and Solti. Shelley started his conducting career in German opera houses and he performs around the world. He is also a music technologist and researcher, with a PhD from the University of Surrey, and he holds several patents. He is the Musical and Technical Director of the Symphonova Project (https://www.symphonova.com) and a former 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 a singing career. Her Mozart roles include: Susannah (Le Nozze de Figaro), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) which she has sung in Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Other leading roles include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gilda (Rigoletto) and the title roles in The Merry Widow and The Cunning Vixen. She has performed and broadcast in Europe, Asia and North America and currently combines her vocal work with research and teaching at the BISC.

Music at the heart of the Castle

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  • Choir, chamber choir and other vocal ensembles
  • Offsite performances in a variety of locations, including Vimy Ridge, Cambridge and Oxford
  • 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 Dann School of Drama and Music at Queen's 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.
  • Guitars: Student Services has various guitars that are available on loan.
  • Heritage Grand piano in the Bader Music Studio
  • Electronic keyboard in the Bader Music Studio
  • Midi keyboard in the Bader Music Studio
  • Electronic drum set in the Castle (Dovecote)

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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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