Music

We provide a wide range of opportunities for all girls to become fully involved in music, with exciting practical work in the classroom and an extensive programme of co-curricular activities.

Girls throughout Junior and Senior School take part in many concerts during the year, and perform in choirs and instrumental groups in prestigious venues in London and on tours to Continental Europe, as well as in school.

Most of the girls in the school play at least one musical instrument, and much emphasis is placed on composition and improvisation in music lessons. Music in class involves music composition work as well as appreciation of music from different countries and historical periods. There is a strong emphasis on popular music and an increasingly widespread use of the new recording studio. We also make best use of a large team of specialist vocal and instrumental teachers.

Our new recording studio is proving very popular, and much recording work takes place. Our musicians perform to the highest level, and the Music Department is a very purposeful, inclusive, challenging and dynamic environment in which to study and enjoy music. Most of the co-curricular Senior School choirs and instrumental groups include girls from Years 7 to 13. We give concerts in St John’s, Smith Square in alternate years, and the Senior School chamber choir regularly sings at Southwark Cathedral and elsewhere. There is an annual music tour in the October half-term; recent tours have performed in Barcelona, Paris and the Rhineland.

In the Junior School and Senior School, girls can be involved in orchestras, choirs, concert bands and numerous smaller instrumental and vocal groups. There is a wide-ranging co-curricular programme of rehearsals and concerts, catering for girls with a wide range of experience and attainment (including the most talented), placing a strong emphasis on teamwork and inclusivity, and offering exciting performance opportunities in school and in the wider community. 

GCSE and A Level results are outstanding. Results are generally Grade A and A* at GCSE, and Grade As at A Level Music.

Director of Music

Mr Patrick Martin

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