“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Nietzsche

This week we would like to introduce you to our Musicians in Residence:

Diana Gilchrist and Dr. Shelley Katz

Diana and Shelley

Diana Gilchrist and Dr. Shelley Katz are the Musicians in Residence at the BISC. Diana is a singer and Shelley is a pianist, conductor and music technologist. Their performance careers take them around the world but when they are at the castle they offer all sorts of musical activities, including:

  • choir and chamber ensembles
  • field trips to concerts, opera and the ballet
  • opportunities for students to perform.

In the photos below you can see some examples of what Diana and Shelley bring to the BISC experience:

Last summer our students marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by singing outside the castle during a Guinness World Book of Records attempt to break the record for the most number of people wearing crowns – they won!

Castle Book of World Records

In this photograph you can see part of the Chamber Choir enjoying a rehearsal with Shelley in the ballroom.

Chamber Choir

In this photograph Diana and her students are on a back stage tour at the Royal Opera House in London!

Royal Opera House

Diana organises musical activities each year along with the Student Music Rep who sits on Student Government. All ideas are welcome and Diana is always happy to hear from students before they arrive at the castle. This gives her a head start on planning activities tailored to the talents in each year’s student body. Feel free to contact Diana at: musicians@bisc.queensu.ac.uk

For more of a taste of Castle Music, check out some of our talented students in the video below –

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” – Victor Hugo

Chantal Valkenborg
BISC Admission Representative

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