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ݮƵ’s Music department is at the centre of the school’s life, providing an unparalleled education that celebrates and promotes the fullest diversity of musical expression.

From chapel choir to symphony orchestra, chamber music ensembles to pop, rock and jazz groups, this is a place of unique opportunity where all talent finds both a home and a stage.

At ݮƵ, we believe that music should be a whole-school endeavour; indeed, it forms the pivotal expression of our cultural life. Each day, our pupils sing unashamedly and with gusto in the School’s magnificent Chapel. Ours is a programme providing a holistic vision of music-making where pupils are both nurtured and inspired to be the best of themselves.

No one musician is the same as another, so the deepening of creativity, musical awareness and technical prowess is never taken to be separate from an individual’s simple love of, and engagement with, what they do. We undertake regular concert and opera trips, biennial music tours (recent destinations have included Salzburg, Munich and Paris) and musicals co-produced with the Drama Department.

Musicians at ݮƵ are far from passive: they talk convincingly about the music they make, they understand the significance of the discipline in the widest cultural and world contexts, and they are ambassadors for music as the very structure that binds society together.

Challenge, with the appropriate support, is a key aspect in building confident musicians, particularly among the body of music scholars. Our approach provides every pupil musician with varied performance opportunities throughout their time at ݮƵ – whether as a soloist or as part of an extraordinarily wide range of ensembles. Pupil musicians of the appropriate ability are encouraged to attend junior departments of the Royal College, Royal Academy and Guildhall. Many of our pupils are also members of such national ensembles as the National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Concert Band and National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

The recently extended music school with its intimate performance spaces, individual practice and teaching rooms, recording facilities, technology suite and larger performance spaces provide a truly exceptional music facility at ݮƵ.

Simon Bland 
Director of Music