Our aspiration is to make Music enjoyable, stimulating and productive for all boys.
We aim to offer opportunities both to the enthusiastic amateur and to the more seriously committed instrumentalist or singer.
Alongside the wide range of vibrant opportunities our boys have to perform outside the classroom, our highly qualified team of teachers provides a rich and stimulating range of academic courses.
Our Lower School course combines a strong practical element (including steel pans, samba, ukulele and keyboards) with theory, listening and cultural awareness. This enables all boys to develop their own musical vocabulary and composing skills. Learning is supported through the use of computer software. Boys opting to continue with Music in Year 9 and beyond explore these areas and develop their musical skills in greater depth.
Boys taking Music in the Sixth Form have opportunities to perform, compose and analyse a variety of musical traditions and styles. We have a strong tradition of sending pupils to study Music at top conservatoires and universities, including Oxford and Cambridge (often with choral, organ or instrumental scholarships).
Alongside our academic programme, all boys have numerous opportunities to participate in our extensive and vibrant co-curricular programme of choirs, orchestras, bands, ensembles and musical theatre. With the repertoire ranging from Gary Barlow to Sweeney Todd, Cole Porter to Britten and Purcell, there is truly something for every boy. Indeed, music becomes an important, enriching part of the lives of many of our boys.
Boys can also learn a musical instrument with one of our 24 Visiting Music Teachers, sit ABRSM music exams at school and opt into additional music theory classes.