Music-making for all

From the first hymn in the morning to the final applause on concert nights every day is enriched by music and the school enjoys a fine reputation for the excellence and variety that girls achieve.  Through lessons, practice, rehearsals, exams, competitions, performances and cathedral services, the girls are drawn together to make the most of a busy and ambitious musical life: 60% have instrumental and/or singing lessons and there is a choice of twenty-five
instruments to study. We are also able to offer lessons in Alexander Technique. Twenty-nine flourishing school ensembles create a wealth of music and everyone is welcome to join in. Our most accomplished musicians are also cathedral choristers or play in county and national ensembles.

There are many possibilities at St Swithun’s whether it is Renaissance church music, African drumming or 21st-century pop music that girls wish to study, listen to, compose or perform. They are taught to appreciate many different styles of music from all over the world and from different historical eras. Learning to compose enables some to express themselves through music and we encourage performing as an integral part of what we offer. Learning a musical instrument and sharing this with an audience requires a high standard of creativity, commitment, technique and courage..

Music Ensembles

Our aim as a department is to make provision for every girl who plays an orchestral or ensemble instrument to a reasonable standard (approx. Grade III and above) to have the opportunity to play in some regular ensembles or the orchestra, and thereby to perform in a school concert at least twice a year. The list below does not include the whole range of groups but represents some of the performance opportunities on offer.

The Swithun Choir (senior choir)
Chamber Choir        
Phoenix (lower school choir)
Symphony Orchestra                
Jazz Band
Strictly Strings (chamber orchestra)          
Concert Band                    
Wind Band (lower school)
Wind Ensembles                
Saxophone Ensemble
Senior Clarinet Choir                
Lower School Clarinet Choir
Flutopia (senior flute choir)            
Flute Ensemble (lower school)
Flute Quartet (upper school)
Bassoon Ensemble
Gospel Choir     
Baroque Ensemble               
Recorder Ensemble
Rock Group - The Morrows
String Ensembles
Brass Ensembles
Horn Ensemble           
Percussion Ensemble 

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