"The music school here is the tops"
Tatler Good Schools Guide 2014
Almost everyone at some time will derive pleasure from some form of music or another - choral, orchestral, jazz, rock or pop. We aim to give as many pupils as possible the opportunity to partake in the rich musical life on offer here at the school.
For those wishing to sing we offer several groups: The Chamber Choir, Schola and The Chapel Choir, as well as the annual House Singing Competition and the opportunity to audition for and take part in one of the school's regular musical theatre productions. We believe in positive encouragement, not coercion!
We try to get as many boys/girls as possible actively playing in an ensemble of some sort, and for those wishing to sing we offer several groups. Please see our page Ensembles and Choirs for further information. Making music in a group is so much fun, and we will endeavour to find the right standard for each individual.
In addition, pupils also devise and run their own groups, and are able to rehearse using the excellent facilities within the Maidment Building where the Music School is housed.
Tuition can be arranged in all orchestral instruments as well as percussion, piano, organ, guitar (classical, electrical and jazz), jazz piano, harp and bagpipes. We also have two singing teachers, and voice lessons can be arranged on an individual basis. Coaching in Music Theory can also be arranged.
All new pupils are given the chance to have one trial lesson free of charge on the instrument of their choice, in the hope that as many pupils as can will have a go at something when they arrive, irrespective of previous experience.
Every other year (and sometimes more often), Shrewsbury puts on its own homegrown School Musical which is performed in the Ashton Theatre during either the Michaelmas or Lent term. We have taken all of our recent musicals to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the following August, and usually put on another couple of performances in London too.