Music is our Passion
Extra-curricular Music plays an important role within the school and enables all pupils of every ability the opportunity to participate in many forms of music making, whether that be in one of our 5 choirs specialising in a specific style/genre, Symphonic Wind Band, Orchestra, Swing Band, Pop & Rock Bands, Woodwind Ensemble, Flute Group, String Group, Guitar Ensemble, Samba Band and Percussion Ensemble.
Over the academic year, there is a programme of 35 concerts specifically designed to enable every student the opportunity to perform. This all-inclusive programme of events rehearse throughout the week by our dedicated team of 20 visiting instrumental teachers and Director of Music.
Music master classes are an important component to the Music Department's programme of activity thought the year. Professional musicians and ensembles from around the UK work closely with pupils, guiding and advising them through rehearsal and performance, and the specific features of being a successful musician in the modern day.
Previous artists have included: Louise Clare Marshall (Backing Vocalist with Jools Holland and Session Singer); Victoria Joyce (Professional touring Opera Singer); and The GBH Big Band.
Instrumental lessons are held throughout the week by our dedicated instrumental staff - all of which are highly talented musicians and dedicated professionals. Lessons last 30 minutes and are delivered on a rotational basis, ensuring there is minimal disruption to every pupil’s academic development.
Music Scholarships are available to those entering the school in Year 7 and Year 12. Opportunities for practice, performance, and the study of music are considerable and the standard of musicianship at the Royal High School is excellent. Music Scholars' timetables are tailored to accommodate their musical interests and practice time, and are carefully monitored. In addition to regular teaching and rehearsals, Scholars are encouraged to travel to performances outside of Bath, and to attend recitals and masterclasses within the School.
High standards of choral music are a distinctive feature of the musical life of the school, and all Music Scholars with suitable voices are expected to complement their instrumental studies with membership of Cantilena or V20 as well as other choirs, as advised by the Director of Music.
There is a continuing programme of recording the performances of high achieving Music Scholars. Many have the opportunity to perform as soloists in concertos, and many attain diplomas before leaving school. While Music is an important part-time in the lives of many Scholars, several have gone on to read music at university and conservatoire, and then pursued music professionally.