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 and A Level. 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.

The Schola Cantorum leads the College Chapel Carol Service at Christmas as well as other College masses throughout the year.

Collaboration between the Music and Drama department is an important feature of the College Arts programme. There are productions each year which we hold at an external theatre to ensure we provide students with a true theatre experience be it on the stage or behind it.  Over the last number of years we have performed Les Misérables, Hairspray and Singin’ in the Rain.

Courses offered:
  • GCSE Music
  • A Level Music