Music

Music is at the heart College life and every pupil has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, experience the thrill of performing and listen to a wide variety of live music.

In recent years, Wellington has built up a considerable reputation for the quality of its music and for the breath of what it offers.

We provide opportunities for pupils to explore the many facets of music making, from being a song writer/composer to performing in a musical. We want all pupils to discover their individual musical niche, whatever that might be, and we aim to provide the right environment for this to take place.

For the aspiring professional, we offer time to practise, excellent visiting instrumental teachers and the opportunity to continue at Junior Music Colleges in London. We have our own specialist music scheme, hold master-classes with visiting professional musicians – the past year has seen visits from Remus Azoitei, the Maggini Quartet, Roderick Williams, Ian Clarke and Will Young –  and we perform at local performance venues and in London.

Will Young

Singer-songwriter masterclass with Will Young OW

The College also has musical links with our teaching partnership schools, with our sister schools in China, and with the Wellington Academy.  Regular tours include successful trips to Europe, China and to Nashville and Memphis.

Performance opportunities come in many guises from concertos, recital competitions, weekly Monday concerts, weekly assembly performances, busking, informal evening events in the V&A cafe, formal concerts, links with art, dance and drama as well as performing in the many ensembles that make up the buzz in the music department. From chapel choirs to symphony orchestras, from string quartets to brass quintets, from jazz bands to rock groups, we are constantly reviewing our repertoire to challenge and inspire.

There are over 800 weekly instrumental lessons taught by a team of over 50 instrumental teachers tutoring a very wide range of instruments.  Almost half of all pupils learn at least one musical instrument, and many Wellingtonians frequently go on to study music and music technology in tertiary education at a wide variety of institutions including Oxbridge and specialist courses at Conservatoire.

Our aim is to inspire, enrich, and nurture each individual pupil to fulfil their musical potential in a dynamic, vibrant and exciting environment. We wish to provide the opportunity and flexibility for the leading musicians of the future to achieve their ultimate ambitions and to remain one of the top five non-specialist music schools in the country.