Key Staff

Marcus Pashley (, Director of Cranleigh Music
Marcus Pashley read Music at Manchester University, developing a passion for working with choirs and winning the university’s coveted Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for achievement in music. He has held the posts of Music Director of the Bradford Choristers, Chorus Director of Central Festival Opera and Musical Director of the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. He was appointed Director of Music at Cranleigh School in 2004, following six years as Director of Music at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire. He is a popular festival and competition adjudicator, workshop leader, music consultant and guest conductor, in which capacity he has worked throughout the UK and overseas. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Harrogate Choral Society, the Jersey Island Singers and the Manchester Camerata. He has been a tutor in conducting for the Association of British Choral Directors. He has recently chaired the adjudication panels for the Bangor International Choral Festival and the Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Catherine Beddison (, Head of Preparatory School Music
Catherine Beddison is an expert in music education and has led successful school music departments in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Devon and most recently at The Hall School, Hampstead. She has an impressive proven track record of setting high standards, enthusing children and encouraging them to fully develop their skills, and her pupils have regularly won top scholarships to major independent schools. She has joined Cranleigh as Head of Preparatory School Music. As Chief Executive of the national charity ‘Sing for Pleasure’, Catherine oversees a large programme of national courses, publications and singing events for adults and children and she works as a Senior Tutor for their highly regarded Conductor Training Programme. Catherine is also in demand as a freelance choral conductor, singer and adjudicator.

Richard Saxel (, Head of Performance
Richard Saxel is a concert pianist who studied with the late Clifford Benson whilst at the University of York, and then later with Michael Dussek as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2010 he released his first solo CD on the Quartz label to critical acclaim; he has also recently recorded for the Oboe Classics label. One of Richard’s great attributes as a performer is his versatility; he was one of the six pianists in ‘Piano Circus’, and he has worked with a fascinating variety of artists, from Indonesian puppeteers to ballet dancers, tango musicians, trapeze artists, music theatre performers, jazz singers and also with the Endymion Ensemble. Richard has performed at many major festivals, including the Istanbul International Festival, Lucerne Festival, La Roque D’Antheron, The Big Chill, the Victoria Arts Festival in Gozo, Cheltenham Festival, Huddersfield New Music Festival and the Dartington International Summer School, as well as at several of London’s leading venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. He has toured Indonesia and Argentina under the auspices of the British Council.

Claudia Golden (, Music Administrator  
Claudia Golden joined the Cranleigh Music leadership team in September 2010 in a newly created role, co-ordinating the music administration for both Cranleigh School and Cranleigh Preparatory School. Claudia had previously worked within arts and marketing before moving to the education sector. She has held a variety of positions within preparatory schools as a Governor, administrator and variety of teaching positions. Claudia is a Director of the Petworth Music Festival and is a vigorous supporter of music for children in the local area.

Philip Scriven (, Organist in Residence
Philip Scriven received his early musical training at Westminster Abbey and Charterhouse, and was Organ Scholar at both St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and St John’s College, Cambridge. He subsequently studied conducting at the Vienna Musikhochschule, and at the Juilliard School in New York. Since returning to the UK in 1999, he has worked for English National Opera and Welsh National Opera, and was Assistant Conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. After a year as Acting Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey, he became Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, where he also conducted the chamber choir ‘Southern Voices’. In 2002, Philip took up the position of Organist and Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral, where he directed the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Special Choir. He recorded a number of solo CDs on the Lichfield organ (Piping Hot, Holst’s The Planets, Organ Jazz) and others with the choir of Lichfield Cathedral. In 2010, Philip moved to Cranleigh School to become its first “Organist in Residence”, where he presides over the brand new Mander organ.

Marie Ward (, Head of Piano
Dr Marie Ward studied at Kingston University, then won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal College of Music, where she had the honour of being invited to perform concertos by Grieg and Rachmaninov and of winning the RCM Chopin prize. Marie has tutored and been official accompanist at Kingston University and spent time in Russia, studying with Vladimir Tropp and researching Skryabin. Dr Ward was formerly Assistant Director of Music at Cranleigh Preparatory School.

Kevin Weaver (, Head of Strings
Kevin Weaver graduated with first class honours in Music from Cambridge University in 2005 and subsequently achieved distinction level in his postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Professor Lydia Mordkovitch. During his time at Cambridge, he was a University Instrumental Award Holder, leader of Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the H. L. Perry Prize for performance at Gonville and Caius College. Kevin has given solo recitals at the church of St Martin in the Fields and at The Three Choirs Festival, and has appeared as concerto soloist for works by Brahms, Bruch, Barber and Szymanowski. A keen chamber musician, Kevin currently leads the North Sea String Quartet. In this capacity, he has recently performed at Cadogan Hall, in the Lake District Summer Music Young Artists series and at the London String Quartet Symposium. Kevin also regularly freelances with the English Symphony Orchestra, co-leads the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and has led the Regency Sinfonia.

Ruth Miller (, Head of Woodwind & Brass
Ruth Miller studied music at Huddersfield University and Birmingham Conservatoire, obtaining a BMus (HONS) degree and a Professional Performance Diploma in Music. As a member of the classical crossover group ‘The Planets’, appearances have included the Classical Brit Awards 2002, the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace plus numerous live television and radio appearances on Classic FM, Classic FM TV, ‘This Morning’, ‘Open House’ and ‘BBC Children in Need’. ‘The Planets’ also toured extensively in Europe, South East Asia and America as well as undertaking a support tour in Europe with rock band ‘Deep Purple’. Ruth is the Principal Flautist of the Kingston Chamber Orchestra and Erato Chamber Orchestra and has performed concertos with both these ensembles. Ruth also enjoys playing in a variety of chamber music groups for ‘New Harmonie’, as well as giving solo flute and piano recitals around the country. Despite a heavy performing schedule, she has always found time to pursue her love of teaching and comes to her new role as Head of Woodwind and Brass at Cranleigh from her previous position as Director of Music at Caterham Preparatory School.


David Futcher (, Head of Music Technology
David gained a BSc in Music from City University in 2000, specialising in Sound Recording, Digital Audio and Computer Music as well as studying Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. David also undertook a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields whilst at University and joined the main choir shortly afterwards, taking part in many live radio and TV broadcasts and recording a CD. He was appointed as Head of Music Technology at Cranleigh School in 2004 and has spent his time building up the recording facilities to a professional standard and starting an A Level in Music Technology, with several pupils going on to read Music production subjects at University. David continues to enjoy a freelance singing career when time allows, as he is also the School’s Director of IT.

George Royall (
),  Head of Contemporary Music