The standard and scale of music at King Edward’s School is exceptional, and it is an area that many boys participate in both as an academic subject and a co-curricular activity.

Music is a large, well equipped and energetic department with three permanent music teachers, 20 visiting specialists, a technician and an administrator. All teaching takes place in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, which provides specialist teaching rooms including two music technology rooms furnished with Apple iMacs and a rock room with recording facilities, and a 400-seater concert hall that can accommodate an orchestra of 90.

Music is taught to all boys in Year 7 through to Year 9 and the course is designed to be rewarding and enjoyable to boys of all musical abilities. The curriculum is project-based and boys are encouraged to sing, play acoustic instruments, and use sophisticated music technology to develop their skills and appreciation of all kinds of music.

Boys who continue with music for IGCSE listen to and learn about music from a wide range of historical periods and major world cultures, and develop their own practical musical skills through performing and composing. Around 20 boys per year study IGCSE Music and gain excellent results.

  • Sixth Form

    Around half a dozen boys study music as part of their IB Diploma at either Standard or Higher Level. The IB course is an excellent vehicle to obtain academic accreditation for musical skills and is a thorough preparation for boys who wish to study the subject at university or a conservatoire.

    At both Higher and Standard Level, the music course aims to develop boys’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Music of all genres and from several cultures is explored, and boys are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities. At Standard Level, boys can choose between performing and composing, and at Higher Level they pursue both.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Our musical life is enriched by visiting speakers, masterclasses, concert trips, and our close links with principal players of the CBSO, the Dante Quartet, and the Schubert Ensemble. Recent visitors have included Alfred Brendel, Professor Robert Pascall, Martin Roscoe, Daniel Tong, and Krysia Osostowicz. You can find out more about our rich musical programme of activities on the co-curricular music page.

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The Rite of Spring: Interview with Ben

We have interviewed one of the members of the KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra about their upcoming performance of The Rite of Spring.

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