‘Music for all‘ is our mantra.
You can read our Senior School Music Booklet for information about all our concerts this year.
The Music School provides a friendly, enthusiastic and stimulating environment in which musical excellence is encouraged and celebrated. We help our students develop their musical potential and respond to a variety of musical challenges. Students are given the opportunity to perform individually and in ensembles – irrespective of age or musical ability.
Our facilities are fabulous and include 13 practice/teaching rooms. Often all rooms are in use, and the place literally ‘buzzes’ with musical activity, even as early as 8 o’clock in the morning! All our rooms are equipped with high quality upright pianos, mainly Yamaha or Kawai models. Our fully soundproofed percussion studio is a superb place for our rock bands to make music and, for those interested in technology, our Music Technology room is equipped with 25 iMacs and full-size Yamaha keyboards. Each week, we have 24 co-curricular musical activities from Theory Club to Jazz Band and on most Fridays, we have ‘Music at Lunchtime’, in which pupils of any standard have the opportunity to play or sing a solo, whether they have their music lessons in or out of school.
The 28 members of the Visiting Music Staff give 400 individual lessons each week. Many of these teachers are performers in their own right. Some are ABRSM examiners, others play in or have led major national orchestras such as the Philharmonia and others have written popular tutor books for their instruments. Their expertise is invaluable and inspires our girls to ever greater achievements.
Each year, we have approaching 200 students taking ABRSM examinations and our average of 123/150 is significantly higher than the national average. The Channing Music brochure details the 35 musical events that take place throughout the year, including regular formal evening concerts.
We pride ourselves in being able to provide a stimulating musical environment for the most able as well as those at an elementary level. We have a number of musicians that attend the four junior departments of the main London conservatoires and play in prestigious orchestras outside of school such as the National Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Brass Band and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Past pupils have led the NYO and in recent years almost 50% of our A level students have gone on to study music at a variety of universities and colleges, though Oxbridge, Durham and Leeds tend to be the most popular.
One of the Music School’s highlights are the foreign tours undertaken. Our inaugural trip in 2009 was to Venice followed by 2011 to Vienna, 2013 to Boston, 2015 to Madrid/Segovia/Toledo and Lisbon in 2017. We returned to Venice again in October 2019 and in 2021 we had a successful tour to Split in Croatia. This year we are going to Seville in October. Each tour sees us performing in prestigious, historic venues such as St Mark’s Basilica and the Schonbrunn Palace.
Music Scholarships are awarded to talented young musicians wishing to enter the school at Year 7 and Year 12. Scholarships are worth up to 50% of the fees plus free tuition on one instrument.
For further details please contact the Registrar, Ms Rosie Gilleece: email@example.com
Peter Boxall, Director of Music.