As a Catholic school, music is part of our everyday life at the Convent and we strive to achieve academic excellence in this fundamental area of the arts.

That is why we are delighted to be recognised as the first and only state funded school in England currently enrolled in the All Steinway School Initiative.

The Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM) has made a long-term pledge to become the first state funded ‘Steinway School’. Steinway pianos until now, have only been available in England’s top fee paying schools. By entering into the All Steinway School Initiative the school is demonstrating a long-term commitment to excellence by providing music students and staff with the absolute best equipment possible for the study of music.

Music students attending the Convent now learn and play on one of three Steinway & Sons pianos, one of which is the prestigious Model D full size concert grand piano – usually reserved for the finest concert platforms in the world. CJM is now the only state school in the country to own this latest model.

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.

Read his full bio.