The Music Department is housed in a purpose built suite of rooms with two fully equipped classrooms, ten practice rooms, large recital room, recording studio and a Mac Tech Suite. The department has sets of class percussion instruments, timpani, drum kits, many orchestral instruments, 12 upright pianos, 2 grand pianos, harpsichord, a large variety of electronic equipment and a comprehensive library of music.
All First and Second Years study music and it becomes an option in the Third Year. There are currently 59 students taking GCSE Music (OCR), 9 taking AS/A Level Music (OCR) and 8 students taking Music Technology A Level (EdExcel). During the last two years 100% of A2-level students attained an A* or A grade (9 students).
We have also an impressive record of success with our students gaining places at Higher Education. During the past seven years KES Sixth Form Students have moved on to read Music at the following Universities and Conservatoires: Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, King’s College, Bristol, Surrey, Cardiff and Bath.
Opportunities to Play and Sing
There are many opportunities for students to perform in concerts at school, in the wider community and on tour abroad. There are three main concerts each year and several recitals, workshops, master classes and other musical events. Details of events can be found on the website.
Groups have won awards at the Music for Youth National Festival at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and we frequently have students attending the Junior Departments of London Conservatoires and performing in the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir.
450 students have one to one tuition at school, provided by a team of 30 visiting music teachers. Lessons are offered in all orchestral instruments, voice, kit percussion, classical and jazz piano, acoustic and electric guitar. The School is a centre for ABRSM music examinations.
These are currently available to pupils entering the school at age 11 and 13. Auditions are held in early February each year. Candidates are asked to perform on their instrument(s) and do a short sight-reading exercise. Singing can also be offered.
- The JRTA Award: for string players in the Upper School.
- The Chant Scholarship: for a Sixth Form instrumentalist
- Sixth Form Music Awards are also available. Auditions for these awards are held in September.