Director of Music: Mrs K Salter-Kay GTCL LTCL ALCM
Music plays a major role in the life of St Edmund's College. The Music School has a vibrant musical programme which supports 20 peripatetic music staff, around 300 music lessons a week, numerous ensemble and choir rehearsals, regular recitals in addition to the Department's academic commitments.
Music is offered as an integral part of the school curriculum to all students in years 7, 8 and 9, and thereafter as an option at GSCE, AS and A2 levels. Results are good, with a predominance of A grades at all levels. The Music School is equipped with an ICT suite for classroom teaching and a Technology Suite for GCSE and A Level course work. All PCs run the latest Sibelius software. All music practice rooms are fitted with a piano and the Recital room has a concert grand and a Robert Goble Harpsichord.
Extra-curricular activities for all
Opportunities are available for students to perform both as soloists and in groups. The year's programme includes half-termly 'themed' recitals (wind, piano, voice, string), larger-scale instrumental concerts to include the many ensembles listed, and choral concerts featuring Schola Cantorum.
Each year we run masterclasses or workshops and hold House Music and Drama competitions adjudicated by professionals. There are also opportunities to perform informally within the community, for example we have touring groups with musical/theatre repertoire that visit residential homes and our senior vocalists are regularly asked to perform at functions such as weddings, balls and funerals.
The Schola Cantorum leads the College Chapel Carol Service at Christmas as well as other College masses throughout the year. Last year, the Schola Cantorum sang at Canterbury Cathedral and Mass at Westminster Cathedral. This year our Touring choir will sing Mass in Paris. A chapel choir also operates on Sundays in term time.
Collaboration between the Music and Drama department is an important feature of the College Arts programme. There are productions every year shared between Rhetoric (sixth form) and the Lower school and a College Musical Production is performed every other year. The production of 'The Sound of Music' was the highlight of 2010. Previous productions include 'My Fair Lady', 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Oliver' .
A Level Music