Music plays a vital part in the life of King’s.
Musicians of all levels are encouraged to perform on a regular basis, there are over forty public performances every year and a vast variety of choirs and ensembles catering for every level. Because of the breadth and quality of the music on offer it is not uncommon for pupils to achieve two grade VIIIs over their time at King’s, indeed one pupil recently achieved three grade VIIIs (Trombone, Violin, Singing). We have a team of dedicated peripatetic specialists to teach, support and guide pupils in their progress. We are fortunate to have two concert rooms and a theatre for our choirs, ensembles, orchestra and a variety of bands. The Church provides the perfect setting for the Chapel Choir whose performances attract wide audiences. There are music scholarships available to those for whom music is their passion. As you may imagine, the Music School is a hive of activity with lessons, rehearsals and private practice going on throughout the day. A friendly atmosphere is maintained and the constant coming and going of musicians contributes greatly to the character of the department. We would love to welcome all prospective pupils to visit and see music at King’s for themselves. The below video provides an outline of music at King's.
If you have any questions about Music at King’s please email Mr David Gorodi, the Director of Music.
There is real breadth and quality on offer for music students at King’s. The Chapel Choir have performed Choral Evensong at many of the UK’s top Cathedrals whilst the main Choir performs biannually at the Royal Albert Hall. The Orchestra provides the opportunity for music scholars to tackle challenging concertos. Recent performances include: Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The Big Band and the String Ensemble have both had recent tours to the continent, while the Military Band has ‘Sounded the Retreat’ at Longleat House, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, Princess and Prince Michael of Kent, the band has also performed in The Lord Mayor’s Show and regularly has workshops with professional military bands. All of the larger ensembles are supported by smaller groups, for example as well as an excellent Big Band, King’s boasts three other smaller jazz ensembles. The most able orchestral pupils have the opportunity to play in a string quartet or a piano trio, or in one of the six wind and brass ensembles on offer. Each year three music workshops are provided, most recently by Dominique Peckham, Ian Shaw and Emily White.
The Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music are supported by a superb team of fifteen visiting Music Teachers who give individual lessons on instruments and in singing. They are all excellent musicians in their own field and come to King’s from such backgrounds as the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC singers, the London Symphony Orchestra the Band of the Royal Marines and so forth. All orchestral instruments are catered for as well as harp and rock guitar, percussion is also offered as is drum kit. Lessons are timetabled outside of the academic timetable for 6th Form pupils whilst the 3rd , 4th and 5th Forms are rotated so that there is minimum disruption to their academic studies.
Generous music scholarships are awarded each year in January, at both 3rd Form and 6th Form entry level. Candidates for 3rd Form entry should normally have at least grade V on their main instrument/voice and be able to offer ability in a second musical area. Candidates for 6th Form entry should have at least grade VII on their main instrument/voice. Candidates can meet the Director of Music informally during the previous term for a pre-audition and to discuss the responsibilities and expectations of scholars. More information concerning Scholarships may be obtained from the Registrar.