Music

Music is an important element in Queen Elizabeth’s School’s aim of developing qualities such as confidence, maturity, self-understanding, self-worth and the ability to work effectively with others. The Music Department seeks to give all boys extensive musical opportunities and to enhance their individual understanding of music. We hope this will engender a life-long enjoyment of music in all its varied guises.

In 2004, QE became the first school in London to be granted specialist music college status.  The Government’s ending of this initiative has not unduly affected Queen Elizabeth’s as Music has always been an integral aspect of life at the School.  Our facilities include a recording studio and a computer room, where we have 23 Apple iMacs running Sibelius, GarageBand and Logic applications, which enable pupils to compose, record audio and midi, and edit digitally.

Music LeaversMusic is a highly interactive subject, and is taught at QE at all National Curriculum key stages through the skills of listening, appraising, composing and performing. Our GCSE and A-Level Music courses both follow the EdExcel specification and are both popular choices. In addition, large numbers of boys take individual instrumental tuition.

Boys may avail themselves of lunchtime clinics, where staff support the work done in the curriculum.  The Music Department has an excellent record of preparing boys for university, some of whom go on to study Music at both university and specialist music college, and have included those who have been awarded choral and instrumental scholarships at many leading Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge.

We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities, including 19 regularly rehearsing ensembles.  These range from our Symphony Orchestra, three Choirs and Jazz Band to chamber ensembles like the Saxophone group, String Camerata and Indian Music Ensembles.

There are also many opportunities away from the School. Recent events have included attending a performance of a GCSE set work at Sadler's Wells, performing in the Schools’ Prom at the Royal Albert Hall and playing in concerts both in England and abroad.

In addition, many boys take an active part in music outside School, either with Barnet Education Arts Trust, or by attending the junior branches of some of the London music colleges, including the Royal Academy and the Royal College.

At any given time there are usually a number of QE boys in national ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth String Orchestra, the National Youth Children’s Choir and the National Youth Orchestra for Indian music.

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