The standard of music-making at St Paul’s has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and a rich history. Holst, Vaughan Williams and Howells all taught here and music lessons still take place in the room where Holst composed The Planets. From its beginning the department has maintained a progressive ethos and both the recent refurbishment of the beautiful Singing Hall and the addition of a professional recording studio has ensured that this continues today.
Every student has the chance to form her own opinions of music and how it relates to her life. We provide opportunities for girls who have never learned an instrument before alongside helping the most advanced performers to achieve their goals. We run a wide variety of ensembles in a range of styles, from large orchestras to close harmony groups. Many bring together musicians from all years and almost all can be joined without audition. We believe in tackling major works from the orchestral and choral repertoire, with performances at national and international venues, offering pupils amazing experiences that stay with them beyond their time in school.
Academic Music aims to develop a variety of different musical skills through a wide range of musical genres. We run an internally devised course, which allows pupils to study beyond the confines of a GCSE curriculum, developing their musical knowledge together with a range of highly desirable transferable skills such as critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. We follow the AQA syllabus at A level and regularly prepare girls to study music at Oxbridge and other leading universities.
We are fortunate to have a staff of around 60 musicians teaching in the department, many of whom are leading professionals within their fields. In addition, there are regular workshops, masterclasses and concerts given by prominent musicians, which further enrich what we offer. The Music department here is a vibrant and inspiring place. We hope, that at the very least, girls will leave St Paul’s with a life-long love for music.