The music department is housed in the Glover Music School which includes an auditorium, ICT suite and numerous class and teaching rooms. There are five full-time and 23 part-time staff. Instrumental lessons are taught by a team of nationally-renowned players.
Choral and instrumental concerts are presented each year, with smaller scale recitals and workshops happening throughout the year. International artists visit the School seven times a year as part of the Merlin Music Society and often give workshops and masterclasses in the school before their concert.
The School Brass Band has been a finalist in the National Association of Youth Brass Bands Competition in the last three years. One of the School chamber groups has been a finalist in the National Chamber Music Competition for the last eight years.
The School maintains a strong choral tradition, both in and out of the Chapel. The choral society presents a major choral work every year (past works have included Carmina Burana and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms). The Chapel Choir makes regular visits and concerts out of school and has sung evensong in St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. George’s Windsor and Westminster Cathedral in the last four years.
Tours occur on a regular basis across Europe; next summer the Chapel Choir and a strings orchestra will be travelling to Spain and Morocco. Pupils regularly go on to study music in higher education, frequently winning choral and organ awards to a variety of prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge and London.
Class String Orchestras
Junior Wind Band
Junior String Quartet
Ten Piece Brass
Bach Orchestra (junior string orchestra)
Joint Senior Strings (with HMSG)
Symphonic Winds (joint with HMSG)
Monmouth School Brass Band
Senior String Quartet
Wind Chamber Music Groups
Music Scholarships (of up to half the full fee) and minor Exhibitions are made at 11+, 13+ and 16. An Organ Scholarship is available at 13+ and 16+. Holders of Music Awards are expected to set a strong example of commitment and organisation to their peers throughout their time in the school. At the very least they would be expected to play in an appropriate instrumental ensemble, sing in a choir and take part in chamber music, as well as studying Music at GCSE level when the time comes. Many award holders do much more than this.
The Director of Music, David Lawson, is happy to speak with parents at any time. Appointments to meet prospective pupils and scholars can be made through the Admissions Office on 01600 710433.