As a Catholic school music is part of our everyday life at the Convent and we strive to achieve academic excellence in this pivotal area of the arts.
That is why we are delighted to be recognised as the first and only state funded Steinway School in the UK.
Students attending the Convent learn and play on one of our three Steinway pianos, one of which is the prestigious Model D full size concert grand piano - usually reserved for the finest concert platforms in the world.
Synonymous with excellence, Steinway pianos until now, were only found in the country’s top fee paying schools. These internationally recognised pianos have opened the school to students from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music who visit regularly to give recitals. Pupils who attend our school are not only exposed to the world of high end music culture, but benefit from the connections we have forged with internationally recognised institutes of excellence in musical academia.
Philip Fowke patron of Convent of Jesus and Mary
World renowned concert pianist Philip Fowke is a patron at CJM.
Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire, has appeared in many of the major concert halls worldwide with leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Simon Rattle and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Philip Fowke has made recordings for EMI, Lyrita, Unicorn, CRD, Chandos and Naxos. These include the concertos of Addinsell, Bliss, Delius, Hoddinnott, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Tchaikowsky. He has also made solo records including works by Bliss, Chopin and an album of Piano Transcriptions.
Philip Fowke has had a distinguished teaching career beginning at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a professor from 1984 to 1989 and was awarded the F.R.A.M. After teaching at the Welsh College of Music and Drama he became Head of Keyboard at Trinity College of Music in 1994 where he is currently Professor Emeritus at the renamed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is widely acclaimed for his imaginative teaching, coaching and tutoring in which he explores students’ potential, encouraging them to develop their own individuality and find ways to practise effectively and economically. He avoids methods and systems preferring a more enquiring, creative approach. He continues to be in great demand as a teacher and is frequently invited to adjudicate and lecture on a wide range of musical and pianistic topics. He is also an experienced examiner and is currently external specialist at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.