We are a forward thinking department that provides an open, exciting and challenging environment for all students to develop as musicians. Standards are high and large numbers of students participate in a diverse and vibrant programme of musical activities.
Our co-curricular programme is rich and varied with many ensembles to enjoy. We have three orchestra, three choirs, swing band, big band, soul band, rock academy, recorder consort and large number of chamber music groups. Many of our young musicians perform with county and national level ensembles. There are many opportunities for students to perform in concerts at school and in the wider community and there are regular trips abroad.
The Music Department is housed in a purpose built suite of rooms with two fully equipped classrooms, ten practice rooms, large recital room, recording studio and a Mac Tech Suite. The department has sets of class percussion instruments, timpani, drum kits, many orchestral instruments, 12 upright pianos, 2 grand pianos, harpsichord, a large variety of electronic equipment and a comprehensive library of music.
There are many opportunities for students to perform in concerts at school, in the wider community and on tour abroad. Regular trips to concerts and operas are arranged and professional musicians are invited in to the department to lead a range of workshops and master classes. Recent activities have included playing alongside the London Mozart Players and a trip to New York for a tour of the Juilliard School and performances at the MET, Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard Jazz Club and the Broadway Theatre for a performance of Miss Saigon.
There are a number of Scholarships and Music Awards available for advanced musicians.
To learn more about music taught at King Edward VI School, please watch the video below from Head of Department, Miss Forsey.