As we are a Choir School, it is only right that music should be a very strong and important subject. We are lucky to have the Cathedral Choristers amongst our pupils, as their high level of vocal expertise of great benefit helping, leading and encouraging the other pupils in class music. They also invariably reach high standards in instrumental music and, therefore, lead and encourage in this area, too.
However, we seek to introduce all pupils to a wide variety of musical experiences and to help all pupils develop to their maximum potential whatever their level and cultural background. All children are encouraged, though it is not compulsory, to learn a musical instrument and later to join one or more of the groups on offer if they learn an instrument, but it is through class music that all the pupils first come into contact with musical experiences.
We enjoy visits from various outside professional ensembles, either for a concert or to hold a workshop for pupils. During the past few years Julian Lloyd-Webber, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Manchester Camerata, Astaria String Quartet, DECO, Swing Easy, The Sorros Guitar Duo and Ad Hoc Vocal Ensemble have all shared their experience and expertise with pupils.
Music is embedded in the curriculum from Pre-School to Year 9.
GCSE Music students follow the Edexcel syllabus.
At A Level, students can choose to study Music and Music Technology (both Edexcel).