Music plays an important role in the life of Worth. It is taught throughout Years 7 and 8, involving a rich and broad mixture of listening, playing and composing. We hope that students will develop a love and understanding of the subject that will continue throughout their lives.
From Year 9, students opt to study Music and there is a good take-up of the subject at GCSE. The Edexcel new GCSE course is designed to allow the study of music through a mix of performing, composing, listening and understanding, with plenty of opportunities for the use of music technology (using the Apple Mac suite).
At A Level we offer the Edexcel courses for both Music and Music Technology, and Music is also available at IB Level (at both Standard Level and Higher Level). Students at this level are encouraged to develop their own areas of musical interest to the highest degree, whether as performers, composers or as potential academic musicians.
All those doing composition as part of their course are trained to use the Logic-Pro and Sibelius music packages. Our fully equipped Mac suite has allowed the teaching of composition for all levels to evolve and develop.
Our excellent A Level results prove the quality of the teaching and learning, as does the steady flow of our musicians who go on to read Music or Music Technology at university, some going on to higher degrees, or diplomas and a life in the musical profession. In recent years Worthians have won Choral, Organ and Instrumental awards at Christ Church, Hertford, Keble and Magdalen Colleges (Oxford), Clare, King's and Christ's Colleges (Cambridge), Edinburgh and Nottingham Universities, and at both Trinity and University Colleges Dublin. Former students have also gained places at Guildhall and Trinity Colleges of Music in London. Former pupils are also currently studying singing in Berlin and Rome (linked with membership of the Sistine Chapel Choir).
We are also very fortunate for having use of the magnificent Abbey Church for many of our larger concerts and events. One of the high points in the year for both School and Abbey is the Carol Service in early December which attracts a full-capacity congregation. There are also frequent concerts given in the Performing Arts Centre by the students – Scholars’ concerts and informal instrumental, chamber music and orchestral concerts – as well as a number of recitals by visiting professional musicians.
Chorally we also have a fine tradition here at Worth, with regular, large-scale concerts for the Choral Society and a very busy programme of music-making for the Abbey Choir, the vast majority of whom are Worth students. The Abbey Choir also tours and visits cathedrals to sing services from time to time.