The new Music School provides state-of-the-art facilities for the pupils of King’s High and Warwick Prep. Our musicians, aged from 3-18 years, have Conservatoire-style performance spaces. The high-tech, acoustically tuned building includes a stunning auditorium, rehearsal studio (including an organ from Birmingham Royal Conservatoire), two music classrooms, one keyboard suite running Cubase and Sibelius workstations, percussion studio, 14 practice rooms, a music library, and plenty of instrument storage.
Music is central to the life of King’s High and Warwick Prep. Our talented department supports music across all genres from ages 3-18, and fosters creativity, excellence, inclusion and community. It does not matter whether a child has had any experience of music beforehand or is already very advanced. We will help everyone at every stage develop, nurture and expand their love and appreciation of music so that they can play or sing whatever they feel with confidence and joy. Read more below and in our Inspire Music brochure below.
Vocal groups are usually organised by age, and membership of instrumental ensembles is determined roughly by standard of performance. We have a full team of specialist, peripatetic music staff who offer individual tuition on all main instruments. Lessons are timetabled during the school day. Extracurricular music activities are open to all and play an important part in the life of the school.
Our musical groups include:
- Junior Choir
- Junior Chamber Choir
- Senior Choir
- Senior Chamber Choir
- A Capella choirs
- String Orchestra
- Intermediate Orchestra
- Main Orchestra
- Wind Band
- Jazz Bands
- Rock Bands
- Theory and Aural classes
- Chamber Ensembles (for all instruments, ages and abilities) including brass groups, flute choirs, harp groups, string quartets, guitar ensembles, percussion ensemble.
- Composition Club (which includes extra work for GCSE composers).
Girls are also actively encouraged to form their own groups and bands.
Together with Warwick School, we offer places in the Foundation Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band, Big Band and Jazz Band for girls with at least Grade 5, at a good standard. Auditions are not usually necessary. Foundation Chamber Choir is for girls in Year 9 and above with no audition.
The department has a busy concert programme including major concerts and musicals, showcase recitals featuring the best instrumentalists, informal tea time concerts, jazz nights, annual Carol Services at St Mary’s Church, joint projects with Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School and regular workshops and trips.
Recent events and successes include:
- Music for Youth National Finals
- National Wind Band Festival Award Winners
- Top prize winners in Local Festivals
Girls are also regular members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, National Schools Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Chorus and Rodolfus Choir.