Clare conductingThe Emerald Music School was created by Clare Caddick in 1998 to provide a Saturday Music School for the local area. The aim was give students the benefit of excellent musical tuition, choirs, ensembles and theory classes with experienced and enthusiastic staff. The school has been very successful and through its achievements at Music Festivals and National Competitions, the number of students has increased rapidly. The Emerald Music School now has more than 100 students attending each week.

Many change their options each year, making advantage of all the opportunities available as their interests and needs dictate. Emerald encourages students to develop from an eager 6-year old choir member to an 18-year old Grade VIII student taking A-level Music if they wish. Theory Class gives excellent support to GCSE and A-level Music students. Many students have gone on to study Music Degrees and are following careers in Music.

Being a part of the Emerald Music School is a great way to make friends. The students come from a wide area and over 30 schools are represented in the current membership. Countless friendships have been nurtured through Emerald and many continue through the Osiris Ensemble and into adulthood. Osiris Ensemble celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 and a large group of ex-members reunited for a big gala concert celebration.

Over the years, the choirs have won numerous festivals and have won all of the choral cups and shields available at the Sutton Music Festival, Coulsdon and Purley Festival, Beckenham Festival and the Croydon Festival. The choirs have achieved considerable success and this has lead to many exciting opportunities. 

BITC National Dinner Gala

The audience of Business Leaders, Parliamentarians and Community Leaders at the RAH including the Prime Minister David Cameron

On the evening of the 2nd July 2013, 40 Children from the Emerald Music School Choir provided the opening performance at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.  The performance of ‘Pure Imagination’ was a huge success – inspiring and moving and provided the perfect start to the evening.  The audience of over 1,000 guests was made up of Business Leaders, Parliamentarians and Community Leaders from across the UK, all working collaboratively to tackle  some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time.  The audience included the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who met the singers and described the performance as ‘exquisite’. The singers who were aged 6-17 also enjoyed meeting the hosts, James Corden and Joanna Lumley. It was a fantastic experience and a huge achievement for the school. The choir also sang at Kew Gardens for Boots Alliance in October 2013.

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BBC Choir of the Year Category Finals

In 2006, the Emerald Choir were Category Finalists at BBC Choir of the Year in 2006, making them one of the top six children’s choirs in Great Britain. They performed at the Cardiff Millennium Centre and the performance was broadcast on Radio 3. The Chamber Choir reached the finals of the Music for Youth Choir Competition and sang at the Royal Festival Hall.

The choir members are regularly invited to attend auditions for productions and have taken part in operas, musicals and some have appeared professionally in London’s West End. Over the past few years, the children have performed in Tosca , Carmen , La Bohéme , The Cunning Little Vixen, Macbeth, Fiddler on the Roof, Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance!, Oliver! and the West End’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

A small group of Emerald singers were invited to be backing singers for Status Quo  for their single ‘The Winner (Podium mix) which was released in June 2012.