Music at Queen Anne’s School is very much alive and kicking! We have a thriving and busy Music programme which has plenty to offer aspiring musicians. Music is a compulsory curricular subject until Year 10 when it becomes an option at GCSE and A Level.
The aim of the music department is to give girls a working knowledge of the skills of music – Performing, Listening and Composing. We seek to improve their skills in each of these areas as well as to introduce and develop those who may not have been exposed to this previously.
Music at Queen Anne’s is a central part of the life of the school with over forty performances annually. They range from large-scale orchestras such as ‘The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ and The Fine Arts Ensemble visiting the school, to the girls performing at London concert halls such as St John Smith’s Square and Westminster Abbey to informal workshops by visiting professionals such as VOCES8. Our ethos in the department is that it is good to perform, open to all to have a go as well as presenting a consistently high standard.
As a department, we seek to expose our students to all areas of music and the music business by regular visits from composers for film and television and seminars by university lecturers. We also having excellent recording facilities at the school. The sound emanating from the music department drifts across the Quad throughout the day and is a constant reminder that music is thriving at the school.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The Music Department has three full-time staff and twenty-one visiting music teachers who cover the full range of orchestral instruments, keyboard and guitar. Approximately two-thirds of the school learn a musical instrument and many take part in choirs and orchestras.
Throughout the week, a variety of groups meet from the Chamber Choir and Consort Choir to Clarinetix and Saxaholics to the Junior Ensemble and weekly Music Theory surgeries. To view the full timetable of activities, click on the link below.
There are regular concert opportunities throughout the year and groups perform outside school in places like Douai Abbey and Oxford. The Choir and Chamber Orchestra have toured Venice, Rome, Seville, Paris and New York. Students also have the chance to attend concerts in London and the surrounding area.
The Professional Concerts series has seen the Kairos Ensemble, O Duo, the OXUS Quartet and the Bright Stars of Jazz giving concerts and workshops with the students. VOCES8, the professional vocal octet, have been working with our students on vocal technique and performance. Reading Symphony orchestra also rehearses at the school and it is possible for the more advanced player to join them. As a school, we also have strong musical links with The Oratory and Shiplake College.
Please click on the links below view the full timetable of extra-curricular activities and the full music programme for the academic year.
THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT TEAM
Principal Director of Music: Mr John Padley
Director of Music: Mr Ben Giddens
Head of Instrumental Music: Mr Ian Haysted
Head of Keyboard: Mrs Maja Bilic
Music: Mr Christopher Redfern
Music: Mr Mark Richards (Deputy Head – Academic)
Music: Miss Tatjana Ognjenovic
Music Administrator: Mrs Claire Richards
THE MUSIC CURRICULUM
The music department is well-equipped with 20 practice rooms, two rehearsal spaces, a recording studio and a classroom including an Apple Mac suite.