At RIC we are just as interested in what is happening right now on the music scene as we are with the music of the past. Students listen to and study a wide range of styles, and look at music from all eras, right up to the present day. The College also offers Music at GCSE , A level Music and A level Music Technology. Smaller group numbers mean contact time is plentiful and students have the opportunity to create and score their own compositions in a relaxed environment. Past years’ A level students have won places to study Music at Liverpool University, Leeds College of Music, Canterbury Christchurch University and The Academy of Contemporary Music.
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. Our regular talent shows and annual summer festival are an impressive showcase for student music from year 7 to sixth form.
We organise a range of exciting trips to concerts, musicals and gigs. Past highlights include the BBC Philharmonia Orchestra at the Festival Hall in a programme of Electronica introduced by Jarvis Cocker, the Olivier Award winning version of Puccini’s La Boheme at The King’s Head in Islington, Terry Gilliam’s reimagining of Berlioz’s Faust at the ENO and musicals such as Wicked and A Little Night Music.