Worth is a musical school and we very much hope that as many pupils as possible will throw themselves into musical activities. Whatever your starting level of ability, our aim is to give you a passion for music that will last a lifetime.
Around 40% of students learn a musical instrument or have singing lessons, delivered by a team of 25 dedicated and excellent visiting music teachers. Lessons are available on all orchestral instruments plus percussion, guitar (acoustic/electric and bass), voice, harp, piano (including jazz piano) and organ.
While most pupils tend to have their own instruments, the School can hire out some orchestral instruments if required (for 2016-17 this is charged at £30 per term). The cost of music lessons for 2016-2017 is £200 per term for ten lessons.
The music department is based in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC), which was opened in September 1999. This building is the epicentre of musical activity across the year, comprising a fine recital room (the Coleburt Room) with a new Kawai concert grand, a set of eight practice rooms, two class teaching rooms (one with a suite of Mac computers), and a sound-proofed Rock Room.
Pupils are encouraged to practise in a practice room or the recital room any time between 7.00 am and 9.00 pm, if a room is available. Students are entered each term for ABRSM, Trinity/Guildhall and Rockschool exams, as appropriate. Our results are very good, with a number achieving the highest grades, often at Distinction level. We encourage pupils who have reached this level to go on and take Diplomas – usually up to three per annum.
Across the year there are many chances to perform, whether in the regular instrumental and vocal concerts, through to larger orchestral and choral concerts in the wonderful acoustic of the Abbey Church, through to the highly-charged annual House Music Competition. Groups to consider joining include the 55-member Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, various woodwind, brass, percussion and string ensembles, Choral Society and Abbey Consort and Abbey Choir.
Students are also encouraged to form their own groups, and the Rock Room is available for student band practices most evenings. Competitions such as the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ and ‘Worth Unplugged’ are tremendously popular. The House Music Competition is also hugely popular – and hotly contested – providing some fabulous performances each year.
Regular concerts are held in the Abbey Church which are open for anyone to attend.
In April 2016 the School's choir was privileged to sing alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir at a papal mass at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. You can hear them sing at three points of the service – at the beginning, after 1:07:50 and 1:34.40 – by clicking here. For some pictures from the Mass go to the music gallery using the link to the right or to hear an interview on Vatican Radio with two Worth students while the choir was in Rome then click here.
To find out what life as a Worth chorister is like, read the personal accounts of these two students by clicking here.
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