The Bradbury Music School possesses excellent facilities including: a chamber concert hall with a Boston Steinway grand piano and an increasing stock of orchestral percussion, a studio, a well-equipped classroom with the latest keyboards, various practice rooms and a music ICT suite. The school chapel has recently been furnished with a Wyvern Pastorale chamber organ, of which we are very proud.
Key Stage 3 courses develop each boy’s competence in the three main aptitudes in music: composition, performance and listening. This is achieved in a fun and vibrant way though studying various topics such as Folk Music, Guitar Skills, Samba, Steel Drumming and Opera, to name but a few.
Music is offered at GCSE with the option of focussing on Music Technology as a performance and we are pleased to offer both Music ‘A’ Level as well as a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music.
In addition to the curriculum, the Bradbury Music School offers individual music lessons for boys in all standard classical and jazz instruments. We also offer lessons on acoustic and electric guitar, drum kit, contemporary vocals, the bagpipes, and in music technology. Boys are encouraged to work towards and take grades on their instruments; we regularly host the ABRSM exams in the department. Our latest peripatetic music lesson brochure can be downloaded here: More House Music Brochure
The following school ensembles rehearse at least once each week:
- Brass Group
- Chapel Choir
- Concert Band
- Jazz Band
- Jazz Combo
- Luncheon Singers
- Rock Group
- Sax Ensemble
- Steel Band
The school choirs, jazz band and steel band regularly perform in public and at local music festivals. Recent tour destinations for the brass group, concert band and jazz band have included Austria, Cuba and New Orleans.
Please click on the links below to hear a sample of some of these ensembles:
The Music Department also regularly works together with the Drama Department to produce various original musical works in-house as well as in collaboration with the National Theatre. We also produce more well-known productions such as: Bugsy Malone, Grease, Honk!, Joseph, Little Shop of Horrors and Oliver!