Worth is a musical school and we very much hope that as many pupils as possible will throw themselves into musical activities. Whatever your starting level of ability, our aim is to give you a passion for music that will last a lifetime.
Around 40% of students learn a musical instrument or have singing lessons, delivered by a team of 25 dedicated and excellent visiting music teachers. Lessons are available on all orchestral instruments plus percussion, guitar (acoustic/electric and bass), voice, harp, piano (including jazz piano) and organ.
While most pupils tend to have their own instruments, the School can hire out some orchestral instruments if required (there is a charge for this). The cost of music lessons for 2018-2019 is £215 per term for ten lessons.
The Music department is based in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which was opened in September 1999. This building is the epicentre of musical activity across the year, comprising a fine recital room (the Coleburt Room) with a Kawai concert grand piano, a set of eight practice rooms, two classrooms (one with a suite of Mac computers), and a sound-proofed Rock Room.
Pupils are encouraged to practise in a practice room or the recital room any time between 7am and 9pm, if a room is available. Students are entered each term for ABRSM, Trinity/Guildhall and Rockschool exams, as appropriate. Our results are very good, with a number achieving the highest grades, often at Distinction level. We encourage pupils who have reached this level to go on and take Diplomas – usually up to three per annum.
Across the year there are many chances to perform, whether in the regular instrumental and vocal concerts, through to larger orchestral and choral concerts in the wonderful acoustic of the Abbey Church. Groups to consider joining include the 55-member Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, various woodwind, brass, percussion and string ensembles, Choral Society and Abbey Consort and Schola Cantorum. Competitions such as the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ and ‘Worth Unplugged’ are tremendously popular, along with the hotly-contested House Music Competition, which in 2018-19 for the first time will be held over two nights. 'Live Lounge' is another new addition for 2018-19.
The School's choir was privileged to sing alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir at a papal mass at St Peter's Basilica in Rome in April 2016. You can hear them sing at three points of the service – at the beginning, after 1:07:50 and 1:34.40 – by clicking here. See the music gallery for pictures from the Mass. The Schola Cantorum made a return trip to the Vatican and Rome in July 2018, when they enjoyed the rare privilege of singing in the Sistine Chapel.
To find out what life as a Worth chorister is like, read the personal accounts of these two students by clicking here.
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