Stefan Catto

Whitstable Choral Society Accompanist Spencer Payne

Stefan is a freelance professional musician, who has worked throughout Kent and beyond with both professionals and amateurs alike.

Stefan initially graduated from Christ Church College, Canterbury, where he also gained a PGCE in Secondary Music. In 2009, he returned and was awarded his MMus, in Performance Studies, where he specialized in Collaborative Piano. He studied the piano with Keith Cole, Ronald Smith and Kim Burwell. In his postgraduate study, he was able to specialize in accompanying 20th Century English Art Song and further develop his love of piano duet performance. Stefan also holds an LRSM diploma in Piano Performance.

Stefan is in demand not only as a piano accompanist but also as a coach in preparing students at all levels for examinations and performances. For many years Stefan has worked as the Musical Director for The Old Stagers, who are the longest established amateur dramatic society in the world, for their annual summer epilogue in Canterbury. He has been the Musical Director for the Deal Savoyards (having formally been their accompanist) and recent productions include Princess Ida, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer and Yeoman of The Gaurd. He is the accompanist for both The Manwood Singers, Sandwich and for 2022, Amici Choir, Canterbury. He has worked extensively with a variety of local amateur dramatic societies, both as rehearsal pianist and in the orchestra pit; recent works performed include Company, The Mikado, Singin’ in the Rain, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Oliver! and Noyes Fludde. For many years Stefan was the Musical Director for The Deal and Walmer Handelian Choral Society, having formerly been the society’s accompanist. Most recent works that he conducted include Eternal Light (Goodall), Tom Jones (German), Magnificat (Rutter), Spirit of England (Elgar), Acis and Galatea (Handel) and he has worked collaboratively with the renowned Handel scholar Professor Donald Burrows on two concerts for the society. He acted as répetiteur at the University of Kent at Canterbury for productions including Tosca (Puccini), The Beggar’s Opera (Britten) and  Die Fledermaus (Strauss).

When not working, or fulfilling family duties with his two young children, Stefan enjoys marathon running and he also has a keen interest in classic cars.