Head of Music - Performance: Mrs K Salter-Kay GTCL LTCL ALCM
Head of Music - Academic: Mrs C Noble BA (Hons) (Exeter), PGCE (Canterbury), Co-Director of Rhetoric
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 hold House Music and Drama competitions adjudicated by professionals. There are also opportunities to perform at various recitals held each term. The Schola Cantorum leads the College Chapel Carol Services at Christmas as well as other College masses throughout the year. There is also opportunity to take part in Choir Tours and in 2015 and 2016 these took place in Douay and Pontigny both in France and Madrid.
Collaboration between the Music and Drama department is an important feature of the College Arts programme. There is a College Musical Production every year for which we use Spotlight Theatre, Broxbourne ensuring all students perform in a large theatre environment. Recent productions have included Les Misérables, Hairspray, Singing in the Rain and Half a Sixpence.
A Level Music