Catlow was born in Lancashire in 1940. He trained as a cellist at
the Royal Manchester College of Music (predecessor of the Royal
Northern College of Music) where he was awarded Distinctions for
his diplomas in performance and teaching. He also won the Hiles
Gold Medal for orchestral playing and the Pinson Prize for playing
then embarked on a long and varied orchestral career with the London
Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra as Co-principal 'Cello and,
for eleven years as Principal 'Cello with the English National Opera.
During this time he also trained as a singer, performing as a tenor
in recitals and oratorios.
Paul Patterson's Millenium Mass
School Choral Society - repertoire performed during John Catlow's
time as Director of Music:
Bach: St John
Passion, Cantata - Wachet Auf
Beethoven: Mass in C, Choral Fantasia
Brahms: Requiem, The Song of Destiny
Handel: Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Ode on Saint Cecilia's Day
Haydn: The Creation, Nelson Mass, Harmoniemesse, Paukenmesse
Paul Patterson: Southall Millenium Mass
Tippett: A Child of our Time
In 1981 John decided on a change of career and was appointed Director
of Music at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. It was during
this time that he trained as a conductor through an extramural arrangement
with the Guildhall School of Music. Five years later he was appointed
Director of Music at Camden School for Girls, famous for its high
standard of musical performance. The school achieved outstanding
standards of orchestral playing, enabling the performance of major
choral works. The school's choral society which included teachers
and parents, tackled the most challenging repertoire.
Choral society events involved around 150 performers.
orchestral experience and passion for broadening pupils' experience
of music led to an invitation to develop an official link between
Camden School for Girls and the education department London Symphony
Orchestra. Through this collaboration, pupils enjoyed creative composition
projects for classes and specialised coaching for the school orchestra.
They also composed and performed alongside esteemed professional
musicians in some of London's top music venues.
NEXT: Camden Youth
Orchestra : 1987-2010
NEXT: Lynmore Singers
NEXT: Other ventures
2015 - A tribute from Cardinal Vaugham Memorial School