Each week we have 27 co-curricular musical activities from Theory Club to Jazz Band and on most Fridays we have ‘Music at Lunchtime‘ in which any pupil of any standard has 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 350 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 girls taking ABRSM examinations and our average of 123/150 is significantly higher than the national average.
As well as the popular Music at Lunchtime events there are regular formal evening concerts, sometimes in the splendid setting of St Joseph’s Church. We pride ourselves in being able to provide a stimulating musical environment for the most able as well as those at an elementary level. Some of our musicians attend the Junior Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Royal College of Music. We have many girls in prestigious orchestras outside of school such as the ‘National Youth Orchestra’, ‘National Children’s Orchestra’ and the ‘London Schools Symphony Orchestra’. For those girls wishing to pursue their music to a higher level post school, we have regularly had girls being awarded Choral and Instrumental scholarships to university including Oxford and Cambridge.
One of the Music School’s highlights are the foreign tours undertaken to Venice, Vienna, Boston and Madrid, Toledo and Segovia. Each of these tours has been a fantastic experience for our girls performing in places such as St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Stephansdom in Vienna, or William Ellery Channing’s church in Arlington Street, Boston.
Peter Boxall, Director of Music.