The Cathedral School has a reputation for outstanding musical opportunity and achievement. Over 400 music lessons are given on a weekly basis, taught by our team of 20 visiting music teachers. This is enriched by an extensive schedule of co-curricular instrumental and choral music. Musicians enjoy superb facilities in which to practise and perform, stimulated by an ambitious programme of termly recitals and concerts. The school became a Yamaha Music Education Partner School in Summer 2015, owning 11 conservatoire quality pianos, together with the acclaimed Stuart Concert Grand Piano, originally residing at the RWCMD.
Opportunities abound for a first class musical experience. We actively encourage pupils of all ages to sing or to learn a musical instrument. Musicians are encouraged to participate in one or more of over 30 musical ensembles, carefully structured to support and challenge children of varying ages and abilities. Many of our recent concert recordings are available to enjoy on SoundCloud.com.
Music Scholarships are available in the Senior Section, both at 11+ and 16+, attracting a maximum fee reduction of 10%. In addition, the School will cover the cost of weekly tuition in up to two instruments with our own professional staff. Successful candidates may also apply for a means-tested bursary. Boys and girls can audition to become a Boy Chorister or (Girl) Choral Scholar, both of which attract a reduction in fees in recognition of extensive choral duties.
Academic music teaching at the Cathedral School is characterised by traditional values, placing emphasis on the development of notation-based compositions, evaluative skills, and practical musicianship. Cloud-based notation software is integrated into the curriculum from Year 5 upwards, encouraging outstanding musical creativity. Classroom singing is fundamental to our teaching, not to mention the joy of playing musical instruments. Every pupil is given the chance to fulfill his or her potential and to develop a love of music that lasts a lifetime.