The Music Department at Bramdean aims to provide all pupils, from the Kindergarten through to the Sixth
Form, with as rich and diverse an experience as possible. In the classroom pupils are given a programme of
enjoyable and engaging practical work, combined with theoretical and contextual study, and also a chance for
reflection, wider listening, and the expression of thoughts and opinions. Topics range from Blues to Beatboxing,
Baroque Canons to Pop Covers, Renaissance Dance to Cartoon Scores and most things in between. GCSE
and A level students have access to a large number of resources, including Sibelius notation software and
digital recording equipment.
Pupils can opt to receive tuition from visiting peripatetic teachers in instruments such as flute, clarinet,
saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, drums, percussion, violin and cello. Piano, organ, theory and vocal
also offered courtesy of Mr Timothy Philips and Dr Barry Rose, and requests for other instruments
will be accommodated wherever possible. Pupils are regularly entered for the practical and theory
examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and invariably achieve fine results.
Extra-curricular activities include an Orchestra, a Brass Group, and an “Informal Choir” open to all. Soon to be
added will be a Wind Band, a Folk Group and, if we can pluck up the courage, we might even venture into the
darker regions of an Ocarina Choir...
Music at Bramdean is unique in that the school has its own very special Chapel Choir.
For details of instrumental and choral auditions, please click here.