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    Music

    Music occupies a central role in the life of all Kimboltonians. Our House Music competitions see every pupil on stage at some point in the year and almost half of our students choose to learn an instrument or have singing lessons in school. We offer countless opportunities for pupils to perform, with a busy programme of weekly lunchtime concerts, large public performances, concert visits, assemblies and tours abroad.

    The Music School is accommodated in the attractive Mews Quad and has seen considerable investment in recent years.  It boasts excellent teaching, rehearsal, ICT and recording facilities.  We are also fortunate in having use of the Castle State Rooms, a fine venue for ABRSM exams and weekly recitals.  The Lewis Hall hosts our major concerts and musical productions.

    A Class Music Lesson at Kimbolton School
    A Class Music Lesson at Kimbolton SchoolA Kimbolton School Pupil Playing the ViolinEquipment in the Recording Studio at Kimbolton SchoolPupils Working at Keyboards During a Class Music Lesson at Kimbolton School

    Departmental Staff

    Director of Music

    01480 862254

    Assistant Director of Music

    Music Administrator

    Curriculum

    First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils

    All pupils in the lower school have weekly class music lessons. They learn how music works, through a rich and balanced diet of listening, composing and performing.

    Fourth and Fifth Forms – GCSE optional subject

    Class sizes are generally 8 – 16. We follow the AQA Music syllabus, with four units outlined below:

    • Listening to and Appraising Music (a written paper of one hour, worth 20% of the marks)
    • Composing and Appraising Music (controlled assessment – 20%)
    • Performing Music (portfolio of solo and ensemble recordings – 40%)
    • Composing Music (controlled assessment – 20%)

    Lower Sixth Form – AS optional subject

    Set sizes are generally 2 – 6. We follow the AQA syllabus, with three units outlined below:

    • Influences on Music (a written paper of one hour and 45 mins worth 30% of the marks)
    • Composing (controlled assessment – 30%)
    • Performing Music (portfolio of solo and ensemble recordings – 40%) 

    Upper Sixth Form – A2 optional subject

    Set sizes are generally 2 – 6. We follow the AQA syllabus, with three units outlined below:

    • Music in Context (a written paper of 2 hours and 15 mins worth 40% of the marks)
    • Composing (controlled assessment – 30%)
    • Performing Music (solo recital recording – 30%)

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    There are numerous ensembles and choirs catering for all tastes and abilities. Some are directed by staff and others are driven by pupils themselves. We also offer free theory and aural tuition each lunchtime.

    In addition, there are also many performance opportunities to cater for all abilities and musical tastes. Recent highlights have included staged productions of Grease, Back to the Eighties, Sweeney Todd and concert performances of Bach’s St John Passion and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (both sung in German) and Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

    Further information on individual tuition and our extra-curricular opportunities is in our Creative Arts section.

    Regular Trips, Visitors and Competitions

    We regularly take our GCSE and A Level groups to see professional concerts and productions. Our location makes it feasible to travel to venues in London and Birmingham for evening performances. Symphony Hall and the Barbican are termly favourites.

    We have strong links with local Music Services, with a number of pupils each year successfully auditioning for County ensembles.  We also have pupils in the National Youth Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra.