Graeme Lodge, BMus and MA graduate from the School of Music, has worked at Epsom College since 1988 and is currently Director of Music there.
...amiable tutorials with Tim Taylor, impromptu opera sing-throughs with fellow undergraduates...so many happy memories!
I chose to study at Cardiff because the size of the department offered a wide range of activity, the course offered great variety (particularly of things I then knew little about), and because the city, whilst small, had the real buzz of a cultural capital.
Many highlights from Cardiff days: including, the Chamber Choir trip to Salzburg, the opera classes with Raimund Herincx, Belshazzar's Feast in St David's Hall, Dr Humphries' quizzical perusals of your work in the library, Dr Robinson's analysis classes, amiable tutorials with Tim Taylor, impromptu opera sing-throughs with fellow undergraduates...so many happy memories!
I graduated with a BMus and stayed on for a year to complete an MA, then went to Goldsmiths' College, London, to do a PGTC course, moving straight from that to teach at Epsom College in September 1988. I've had a range of jobs here ever since (always teaching music, however) including Housemaster, and have been Director of Music since September 2003. I also work as a Principal Examiner for one of the leading A Level examination boards and, whenever possible, enjoy a freelance conducting career.
I have, and do, recommend the school to prospective students. I think the musical life of Cardiff is still vibrant and the school plays a part in this.
Describe the School in three words:
Welcoming - Eclectic - Demanding (this was hard - just three words)