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Music

The Music Department at Rendcomb is a vibrant and thriving place. We aim to make the academic and practical aspects of music enjoyable and engaging, relevant and attractive for all students by providing an imaginative and stimulating music curriculum and inclusive extra-curricular programme.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

There are opportunities for students of all abilities to learn an instrument and participate in a range of activities and concerts that run throughout the year. Rendcomb College is a centre for ABRSM examinations which are held termly, and students are entered for other examination boards, such as Trinity College London, on a regular basis.

Choral music has a strong focus at Rendcomb College with a College Choir, open to all students, and an auditioned Chamber Choir. The College Choir recently performed Alexander L’Estrange’s exciting cantata Ahoy! and has previously performed Faure’s Requiem in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra. The Choir has also joined The Oriel Singers (former winners of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year Competition) to perform Zimbe!, a vibrant 45-minute African-inspired cantata. In addition to the choirs, students can participate in a full programme of extra–curricular musical activities including the College orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz band, clarinet ensemble, Ukulele Club, Rock band, Music Tech Club and string group. 

The Music Department collaborates with the Drama Department to mount a bi-annual musical, with recent productions including Singin’ In The Rain, The Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray and Footloose.

VISITING ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS

A thriving program of guest artists and workshops allows students at Rendcomb to experience professional music-making first hand. Recent workshops and concerts have been given by concert pianists Jeremy Carter, Alan Maclean and Helen Leek, former Ray Charles lead saxophonist Greg Abate and Mercury Prize-nominated pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock.

ACADEMIC MUSIC

All pupils study curricular Music at Key Stage 3. In addition to studying the development of Western classical music and the instruments of the orchestra, students investigate a diverse range of musical styles and genres from around the world, including Indonesian Gamelan, American ragtime, Jamaican reggae and Irish folk music. All students learn the fundamentals of composition, music theory and the basics of keyboard playing with students writing and recording their own original pop songs.

Music is a popular subject at GCSE and A Level. GCSE and A Level pupils take individual instrumental lessons and are expected to participate in extra-curricular ensembles at the College.

MUSIC LESSONS

The department offers individual instrumental lessons for all orchestral instruments, drum kit, guitar (acoustic and electric), piano, organ and the voice, as well as jazz piano and double bass. 

Scholarships

Music Scholarships are available preceding Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12 entry.