Music students at Stonyhurst are talented, hard-working team players, who enjoy working on their own and in groups towards a goal where they can give of their very best.
The department is a busy, happy place, where everyone is valued and encouraged to make the most of their talents. We have two large teaching classrooms, a main rehearsal room, sound proof practice rooms, a recording studio and many individual teaching rooms. Three full-time members of staff and seventeen visiting music teachers, deliver more than two hundred individual instrument lessons and classes including GCSE, A level and music as part of the IB programme.
Pupils meet every week in a variety of ensembles including two choirs, orchestra, string orchestra, big band, brass ensemble, flute ensemble, percussion ensemble and a variety of pupil led groups covering a wide range of music.
Choirs sing at Mass every Sunday, at major feasts during the year, and visit churches and cathedrals in the area. Musical groups travel nationally and internationally – for example, the brass ensemble has travelled to Cardiff, the Schola Cantorum to Paris and Rome, and the Big Band to Paris, Belgium and Hong Kong.
There are concerts and interline music competitions every term. The department takes part in a major College musical production every year. Pupils are entered for Associated Board and Rockschool examinations.
Pupils have taken their music diplomas at Stonyhurst, and several have gained admission to bodies such as the British National Youth Choir or gone on to study music at university.