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The Cathedral School has a deserved reputation as a place where music not only thrives but is celebrated as one of its distinguishing features. Over 400 music lessons are given on a weekly basis, taught by our team of 20 visiting specialists and complemented by an extensive schedule of co-curricular instrumental and choral music. Musicians enjoy superb facilities in which to practise and perform, stimulated by an extensive programme of termly recitals and concerts. A Yamaha Music Education Partner School, the School enjoys 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% plus free weekly tuition in up to two instruments (an equivalent total fee reduction of 20%). Boys and girls can audition to become a Boy Chorister or Cathedral School Girl Chorister, both of which attract a substantial reduction in fees in recognition of choral duties.
Music teaching at the Cathedral School is characterised by traditional values, placing emphasis both on the value of notated compositions and the development of 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 fulfil his or her potential and to develop a love of music that lasts a lifetime.