The state of the art music school at King’s is very popular with pupils. We have a large Recital Hall, used for rehearsals and class teaching, and a further classroom equipped with 13 Windows computers, each running Sibelius software. There are eight instrumental teaching rooms, two of which are large enough for ensemble work, each room is equipped with an upright piano.
Music is a curriculum subject for all pupils in Removes (Year 7) and Shells (Year 8). Third year pupils (Year 9) can opt to take it. Pupils are encouraged to take Music as a GCSE subject if they show interest and practical ability. Advanced level music is available for musicians in the Sixth Form.
We have a large number of instrumental teachers. It is possible for pupils to learn almost any instrument they wish at King’s, provided that the teachers have vacancies. New pupils who don’t already play an instrument are encouraged to start learning one, with help and guidance to select the instrument that will be best suited to them. Lessons are given during the school day on a rota basis to make sure that pupils do not miss the same academic lesson each week. Pupils can be prepared for the practical examinations of Trinity College London or Associated Board. Tuition in the theory of music is also available.
In September 2019 the music department launched its new initiate, ‘Let’s Get Playing!’. Funded by the KSPA, this scheme offers all Removes students half price lessons on orchestral instruments.
The 6s and 7s ensembles are open exclusively to J4 and Remove students and focus on the musical transition between the Junior and Senior School. There are two 6s and 7s concerts a year that showcase the work that these ensembles do alongside talented soloists from the two year groups.
Many concerts take place throughout the year, both in School and at other venues in the local area. The aim is to provide all musicians with regular opportunities to perform, both as soloists and as members of ensembles. The main concert towards the end of each term features all the orchestras, bands and choirs and provides a celebration of the tremendous variety of music offered here. A series of informal recitals takes place at lunchtimes throughout the year, enabling musicians of all ability to perform solos in a relaxed environment, whether they have their lessons in school or not. This gives them valuable performing experience and helps to prepare them for music exams and more advanced performances. All singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to join one of the School’s range of Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles.
The School Choir is very popular and sings a variety of music from show songs to pop classics and gospel. Any pupil who enjoys singing is welcome to join, regardless of ability. The choir performs at a number of special occasions throughout the year. The Schola Cantorum is the school’s “chapel choir” and pupils are auditioned or invited to join. This choir leads the music in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Commemoration service and the End of Term services, all of which are held at Chester Cathedral. The choir has sung Choral Evensong at Liverpool Anglican and Manchester Cathedrals in recent terms. Whether it’s singing or playing an instrument, there is something for all students to get involved in and enjoy, regardless of ability.
The Big Band, Concert Band and Wind Band provide opportunities for Wind and Brass players from all years to experience both traditional and more contemporary ensemble music. The Big Band is the most elite of these ensembles and is extremely popular within the School. The King’s Symphony and Senior String Ensemble present the same opportunities for String, Wind and Brass players along more traditional lines. Smaller ensembles cater for more focused work in the area of Chamber Music. We currently offer a brass ensemble, a String Quartet and a Piano Trio.
|Before School |
|Brass Ensemble |
|String Orchestra||Schola |
Removes String Ensemble
|Lunchtime||Concert Band |
Female Vocal Ensemble
|Oboe Ensemble||Flute Choir|
|Wind Band||Music Theory