A wealth of musical opportunities for all
Our busy, thriving and well-resourced Music Department is housed in the purpose built Countess of Munster Music School located at the heart of King Edward’s Witley.
The Music School consists of a recital room, a staged courtyard, classrooms, a Mac Suite with twelve workstations, recording facilities, nine teaching and practice rooms, band room and instrument store. In addition the Selborne Room and Charter Hall are regularly used for concerts. The Chapel has a fine three manual Willis organ that is used to accompany services and for teaching. There is an extensive collection of instruments and a well stocked library containing music, recordings and books. Music Technology is proving very popular and the Mac Suite with Logic Pro X and Sibelius on all computers is used by many pupils.
The Music Department aims to enable every pupil, regardless of ability, to experience the highest quality and widest range of music possible. Generous scholarships are offered 11+, 13+ and 16+. The Knapton Cavill Bursary offers all pupils at 11+ and 13+ the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument for half a year, with the opportunity to extend this for pupils who demonstrate an aptitude. A large number of instrumental and vocal lessons are taught weekly by a talented team of visiting music staff.
Music plays an important role in the life of the School with some twenty varied ensembles rehearsing weekly. There are many opportunities to perform throughout the year in a wealth of concerts both in and outside of school. There are termly school concerts at school and close links with the City of London allow for regular performing opportunities in London. More informal concerts allow pupils to perform in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The Music Department enjoys collaborating with the Drama Department and musicals are staged every other year.
Instrumental ensembles include; orchestra, wind band, jazz band, brass ensemble, string ensemble, percussion ensemble, guitar ensembles, piano ensembles, bands and various chamber music ensembles. Senior pupils are encouraged to form their own ensembles with support being offered if necessary.
Choirs form an important part of the musical life of the School. Chapel choir sings at weekly services in school and regularly sings in London. In addition it sings in Cathedrals though out the UK and goes on a foreign tour every other year. In March 2016 the choir visited Venice. All members of the 1st and 2nd Form belong to a choir with a further opportunity to audition for the Lower School Choir. In the senior school years there are two vocal ensembles open to all members of the 3rd Form and above.
Culture Club hosts a termly concert in school given by well known professionals as well as regular trips to London to concerts and operas. Pupils regularly participate in competitions and masterclasses in school and further afield.