Music plays a major part in the wider life of the school through timetabled lessons, including the option to study for GCSE and A Level and a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. Music is taught in purpose-built facilities comprising dedicated music classrooms, one of which contains a suite of Macs running Logic, Sibelius and GarageBand software.
Some 150 girls take part in musical performances during the course of the year. These range from informal lunchtime concerts to major musical events, held both in and out of school. The Music Department has excellent relationships with a wide variety of venues and professional musical groups and we are always looking to build on these still further. In recent times members of the Chamber Choir and the Symphony Orchestra have participated in professional recordings in a studio in Islington.
Girls are encouraged to sing in one of the four choirs and to learn to play at least one musical instrument. Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Jazz Band are just some of the ensembles available to girls. The Jazz Band conducts a biennial tour to Europe during the summer holiday.
Approximately 40 percent of girls in the Senior School have individual music lessons; they are supported through Associated Board or Trinity Examinations up to, and beyond, Grade 8. Free trial lessons are made available to girls considering a new instrument, and the department runs its well-established Endangered Instrument Scheme which offers a year’s worth of free lessons on the rarer orchestra instruments to girls upon successful audition.
Above all, the ethos is to allow the girls to feel comfortable and confident when performing to an audience, at whatever their performance level.