Music is taught at all levels in the school. Each class in Years 7, 8 and 9 has one Music period a week. Music is a popular subject at GCSE and A Level.
Class work is mainly practical, based on the activities of listening to, performing and composing music.
The Department is housed in a suite of five rooms with Mac computers for Music Technology and has a recording studio.
There are five main choirs: Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Girls Choir and Music Society Choir and with the exception of the Chamber Choir, all are open to singers of all abilities.
The Junior Choir is formed from pupils in Years 7 and 8. They perform in Junior Chapel Services and concerts.
The Chamber Choir and the Senior Choir, consisting of pupils from Years 9-13, sing at Senior Chapel Services and perform in concerts.
The Music Society Choir (MusSoc) is made up of pupils, staff, Old Georgians, parents and friends of the School. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 7.45pm to 9pm. They sing a range of choral classics.
There are many instrumental groups:
Our instrumental teaching is provided by Musicale, an independent music school situated on the school site.
There is an excellent tradition of Music Theatre in the School. Productions include, 'The Mikado', ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Oliver’.
The House Music Competition, held in October each year, gives the opportunity for a large number of pupils (approximately one third of the School) to take part in choral and instrumental groups. The Competition is organised and directed by senior pupils. An Improvised Music Competition is held each year in January.
It is an essential part of the curriculum that pupils perform to others and the opportunities for this include:
The school choirs have recently recorded a CD.
Since September 1994, the School has been able to offer an Organ Scholarship to a Sixth Form student. This is funded by the Douglas Dawn Memorial Fund. A Sixth Form Instrumental Scholarship, also funded by the Douglas Dawn Memorial Fund, was awarded for the first time in the Autumn Term 1998.
Further details may be obtained from the Director of Music, who is pleased to discuss the work of the Music Department at any time.
St George’s School is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.