Harry Castle, Music Director, June 2018 –
Harry began his musical life as a chorister at St. Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, where he became a choral scholar and from September 2017 to August 2018 was Acting Director of Music while completing his PGCE. Before taking a place to read Music at Hatfield College, Durham, Harry sang as a countertenor choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral. At Durham, Harry held many conducting posts including Director of Music at Hatfield College, Conductor of Durham University Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director of Durham University Chamber Choir and Durham Opera Ensemble. Alongside conducting, Harry was also a choral scholar at Durham Cathedral under James Lancelot.
After leaving university and moving to Norwich to begin his teaching career at Norwich School, Harry held posts as Musical Director of Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society and The Iceni Choir. Harry then relocated to his home town of Wolverhampton to complete his PGCE (and take his new role at St Peter’s Church).
Harry has conducted in major venues across the United Kingdom and Europe, notable performances have included Holst’s Planets Suite in Durham Cathedral, Guillame de Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame in Norwich Cathedral, numerous services in Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Canterbury, Wells, Salisbury and Southwell cathedrals and while at University, Harry conducted in Kaiser Wilhelm Church, Berlin, San Sebastian Church, Madrid and St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest.
Having completed his PGCE, Harry moved to London to take his first teaching post at Holland Park School. He is a founding member and Musical Director of The Sovereign Singers, a London-based chamber choir consisting of Durham University graduates. Harry will start a new teaching role as Assistant Director of Music at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in September 2018.