From classical and jazz to blues, swing and rock, a wide variety of musical genres can be heard echoing through the corridors of our Music Department.
The academic standard of our music education is very high, with a number of Music Scholarships being awarded every year. However, we offer a broad range of musical activities to ensure the engagement of all our pupils and whatever a boy’s age, level of ability and preferred style of music, they will be given the chance to learn, progress and perform.
Music is a key part of the compulsory curriculum for all our pupils, but for those who want to pursue it more actively there are also many opportunities to enjoy it as an extra-curricular activity. Boys might choose to join one of our larger choirs or orchestras, or get involved with any of the smaller musical groups such as our wind band (The Pink Panthers), jazz ensemble, brass group, guitar ensemble, percussion group, or various string quartets.
Individual tuition is available for most instruments, as in addition to the Director of Music and our Assistant Director of Music, we have over twenty visiting music teachers. Nearly all boys in the school choose to learn at least one instrument and the emphasis is very much on enjoyment as well as progression.
The boys have many opportunities to perform within school, as we stage a variety of concerts across the year as well as holding an annual Music Competition. There are also significant opportunities for tours and competitions outside of school, in which Westminster has seen great success in recent years. Our Senior Choir, Westminster Boys’ Choir, frequently performs at prominent London venues and they have recently appeared in concert with the English Chamber Orchestra, The City of London Choir, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Mozart Players. They have been finalists in the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition three times, have performed live on television and have gone on tours throughout Europe, Canada, South Africa, South America, the USA and China. Our Senior Orchestra has also toured abroad and the annual Inter-House Music Competition culmintes in a grand Summer Concert at St John’s, Smith Square.
Additionally, our proximity to some of the world’s most exciting music venues on the South Bank and in the West End means that there are regular opportunities to arrange school trips to various contemporary concerts and classical recitals, extending the boys’ musical horizons.
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