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 Apple iMac computers, each running Sibelius, GarageBand, Logic Pro and Cubase music software. There is also a recording studio which can be used by students to make their own recordings. There are seven instrumental teaching rooms, two of which are large enough for ensemble work.
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 at lunchtimes.
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.
The Madrigal Choir is a small choir of our most able singers and performs madrigals and other Renaissance and early music.
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 Chamber Orchestra, Senior String Ensemble and Sinfonia 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 2 Jazz Groups, 2 Brass Ensembles, a String Quartet, a Piano Trio and a Clarinet Choir.