WELCOME TO THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The aim of the Department is to make music available to all students at the school and to foster a life-long interest in music-making by encouraging active participation at all levels.
All students in Years 7 and 8 receive weekly class lessons as part of the curriculum. Work covers singing, listening, percussion and keyboard skills, improvising, composing and theory. At Year 9 students can opt to follow a GCSE course and beyond that to AS and A2 levels.
In addition to the three main members of the music staff there are some twelve visiting music teachers, providing over 180 individual lessons each week. Timetables for these lessons are e-mailed weekly via ParentMail.
There are many exciting opportunities to take part in ensembles and concerts, both in school, locally, nationally and even abroad!
Please do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you would like any further information.
To keep up to date with even more Music Department news and views, follow POLYPHONY the music department blog
D G House
Below are two downloadable information sheets and an application form for music tuition:
Featuring student compositions and items from most of the school music groups. Click here for parents' letter.
CHOIR - LUNCHTIME CONCERT
A lunchtime concert as part of the Budleigh Music Festival
CHOIR TOUR 2013
RECENT CHOIR TOURS / NEWS / EVENTS
CHOIR - ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT
This year, in a first for the school, the Senior Choir's annual spring concert took place in Exeter Cathedral!
The choir of over 170 sang Handel’s great oratorio, Messiah, with a specially assembled orchestra of about 20 semi-professional players and four professional soloists. We were delighted to welcome back two former students as part of the solo quartet – Daniel Rudge [Baritone - CGS 2006] and Josie Walledge [Soprano – CGS 1990].
A recording of the Hallelujah Chorus from this concert has been posted on You Tube
CHOIR TOUR 2012
- NORTH EAST ENGLAND
Informal singing took place in Cartmel Priory on the journey north (no time for sticky toffee pudding though), and then in Carlisle, Newcastle and Durham Cathedrals over the next three days. On the way home we dropped into Tewkesbury Abbey to break our journey, and also for another opportunity to do some informal singing in front of unsuspecting tourists and Abbey staff. A truly great time was had by all - look out for a full write-up from Mr House in the end-of-term Parents' Newsletter.
TOUR 2011 - BELGIUM
TOUR 2010 - ESSEX & KENT