Congratulations to Mr Madden, the head of the music department, on his Queens Service Medal which he received for his services to music in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours.
Mr Madden has been a part of the Columba College community since 2007, and took up the position of head of the music department in 2008. Throughout his time so far at Columba he has made countless contributions to music within the school, through his roles as the music director of multiple school musicals, the conductor of the senior school orchestra, and also as a part-time music director of the junior choir, and the full-time music director of the senior madrigal choir, which notably gained highly commended this year at the Big Sing.
Mr Madden also does many other various musical roles at Columba, such as performing at chapel services and also arranging songs for the choir to perform, and recently this term he successfully organised a fundraising concert for our artist in residence Harry Grigg which featured performances from chamber music groups, the senior orchestra and both school choirs.
Alongside this, Mr Madden has many musical commitments outside of school, including various leadership roles within multiple local choirs, and he is also a distinguished composer.
But above all, Mr Madden is a valued teacher to many students throughout the school, and his dedication and love for music has encouraged many students to reach their full musical potential, a number who have continued to pursue music after Columba. I know I easily speak on behalf of most of the music students when I say I am so lucky to have him as a teacher.
Recognition of Mr Madden’s passion, talent and commitment to music has clearly been well overdue, and this award could not have been more deserved. We are so fortunate to have Mr Madden as part of the Columba College community, and the time he dedicates to keeping music alive within the school is truly appreciated.
By Mia Neville