“I like all the arts subjects here. I do lots of drama and I play guitar. In fact I’ve got together with some friends at college and we have our own band. We’re playing in the college talent show next week.”
lizzie, year 9
Music is taught throughout the school from Year 7 onwards. The College has two fully equipped keyboard labs, and lessons often have both practical and theoretical bases. A great emphasis is placed on trying out new ideas and students are actively encouraged to compose and perform to the rest of the group. Mac computer suite complete with mixing desk gives Music students access to the latest software for compositional work
As well as timetabled music lessons, students have the opportunity to take up instrumental lessons if they wish, organised through Kent Music School. The College owns a number of instruments, including two pianos. There are always groups of students who have their own bands, choirs and ensembles and the College supports and encourages this, offering practice and performance facilities.
We marked Red Nose Day by staging the debut gigs of DEADZONE and The Nameless in our first rock concert. Our talent shows and annual summer festival are impressive showcases for student music from year 7 to sixth form.
We organise a range of exciting trips to concerts, musicals and gigs. Recent highlights include the BBC Philharmonia Orchestra at the Festival Hall in a programme of Electronica introduced by Jarvis Cocker, The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at the O2 and musicals such as Wicked and Billy Elliott. Workshops have included Bollywood dancing and gamelan. Students last year also visited The British Music Experience.