Each day ensembles rehearse catering for every instrument, voice and ability including:
- CONCERT ORCHESTRA /BAND (grade 6+)
- INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA /BAND (grade 4/5)
- STRING ORCHESTRA /TRAINING WIND BAND (to grade 3)
- SHOW CHOIR –all-comers
- CHAMBER CHOIR (years 10-13 auditioned)
Almost a third of the school learns an instrument through our generously subsidised tuition scheme delivered by a large team of instrumental specialists many of whom direct their own ensembles for pupils also. The richness of musical activity is truly exceptional allowing musicians to develop fully as soloists and in ensemble. Many pupils also learn an instrument privately but still enjoy the many opportunities on offer in school. Examination groups flourish with healthy numbers of girls opting for GCSE and A level. Each term at least one public concert is given and other regular performance venues include Birmingham Cathedral, Highbury Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall.
For students in receipt of pupil premium funding, music lessons provided in school will be free of charge. We will also in most cases be able to loan students an instrument while they are taking lessons in school.
Songs from the Shows production
The annual Songs from the Shows production is a major highlight of the year and a foreign tour with our Chamber Choir is undertaken biennially. Tours to Poland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have been extremely successful in recent years. The Department is housed in excellent, purpose-built facilities including music IT. An effective musical partnership with King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys’ School allows girls to excel in this stimulating performance environment. This partnership includes a jointly taught A-level course which forms the climax of our curriculum music provision:
Which combines PERFORMING, COMPOSING AND LISTENING in equal measure allowing musical skills and a wide variety of stylistic knowledge to be taught. KS5 and KS4 follow OCR examination courses allowing the study of set genres and works both classical and jazz.
KS3 is structured in half-term units, each with an associated homework task, and covers a vast range of musics from Baroque to Blues; Medieval to Modern; Folk to Film! Lessons are always practical allowing instrumentalists to use their skills fully and offering all the chance to build up their confidence on a wide range of classroom instruments. Singing is the bedrock of all our curriculum music. Girls enjoy their music here, hurrying to lessons and sometimes reluctant to leave!