Music has long been one of the defining excellences of St Edmund’s. Small the school may be, but its range of musical activity is unusually wide, the proportion of pupils involved in practical music-making distinctively high, and the quality of its public performances regularly the subject of comment.
Many musicians at St Edmund’s attend junior departments at London Conservatoires, as well as participate in county and national ensembles, including the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the National Children’s Orchestra, Pro Corda and the Kent County Youth Orchestra (of which the leaders have been St Edmund’s pupils for the last 4 years).
Pupils from the school have regularly featured as finalists in the Kent Young Musician of the Year competition, in which finalists play a concerto with orchestra. Indeed, in recent years, up to half the finalists have come from the school. The school has a partnership with the Tippett Quartet, whose members are regularly to be found working with the school’s instrumentalists, either in individual or in orchestral master-classes. Additionally we are fortunate to have John Harle, international saxophonist, as our Performance Consultant. The school’s Chamber Choir, who won Kent’s Top Choir Kent Competition in 2013, has sung services in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in recent years and was invited by worldwide publishers, Edition Peters, to give the UK premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Second Eve in London in 2012.
A great many ensembles rehearse weekly in the Senior School, providing opportunities to pupils at all levels, including the Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir.
For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Department by telephone (01227 475620) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to these sound clips featuring St Edmund’s pupils. All clips have been recorded in Canterbury Cathedral.
Gala Concert 2014 – I know that my redeemer liveth – Handel; soloist Danielle O’Neill
Gala Concert 2014 – Invocation for ‘cello and orchestra – Holst; soloist Matthew Roberts
Gala Concert 2014 – Hostias from Requiem – Mozart
Gala Concert 2015 – Romance in F – Beethoven; soloist Jessica Meakin