Welcome to the Music Department.
The joy of making music is very much at the heart of what we do. We are proud to offer an outstanding co-curricular programme which gives every Bromley High School girl the opportunity to enrich their life. Over 350 pupils learn at least one instrument with many girls attaining Grade 8 or Diploma standard. We have an excellent team of 25 visiting music teachers, most of whom are professional performers and alumni of the Royal College, Royal Academy or Royal Northern Colleges of Music. The rich and varied wealth of ensembles and choirs allows all types of musician to flourish and pupils are encouraged to direct their own groups, if they so wish. There are currently three orchestras, five chamber groups, six choirs and a rock and pop school. Whether a pupil learns in or out of school, she is always welcome to get involved.
The department is housed in a specialist music wing with a purpose built recital room, a keyboard teaching suite, ten dedicated practice rooms all of which contain one or two pianos in addition to audio and amplification equipment. There are two specialist iMac suites where girls are taught music technology on industry standard software and equipment. The ensembles and choirs rehearse on a weekly basis in the larger spaces and girls are able to use the practice rooms whenever they are available. A level Music and Music Technology pupils also benefit from a dedicated A level teaching and study room with access to Sibelius, Logic, and a wealth of music related resources.
Our annual concert programme includes everything from the informal acoustic lunchtime series, through to top London venues such as Southwark Cathedral and Covent Garden’s Swiss Church. The department also travels extensively with two overseas music tours available each year. Recent destinations have included France, Spain, Germany, Czech-Republic, China, Australia and the USA. We are also extremely proud to have a very close partnership with the award wining Bromley Youth Music Trust, just a 5 minute walk from the school. Specialist teachers regularly visit the school and provide our musicians with master classes and collaborative events.
We offer Music Scholarships and Awards for talented musicians.
Our scholars are very involved within the department and are dedicated members of the advanced ensembles. We also invite them to regularly perform solos and offer them master class tuition each year. Details on how to apply can be found on the admissions page. Our musicians are extensively involved in the community and are involved in many events which raise money for musical and local charities. Last year the department raised in excess of £1000 through concerts, carol singing and informal performances. Pupils often link Duke of Edinburgh enrichment with musical endeavor and will lead ensembles or teach musicians in the junior school.
The Music department works very closely with both the Drama and Dance departments and presents a bi-annual production. Recent shows have included ‘High School Musical’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘We Will Rock You’, and ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Pupils also regularly star in lead roles in the West End and on the BBC. We were very excited to have taken a specialist Performing Arts trip to New York in October where the girls had the opportunity to experience Broadway workshops and collaborative performances at leading Performing Arts High Schools.