Music plays a central part in the life of Norwich School with over 65% of all pupils involved with music-making on a weekly basis. Exceptional opportunities exist in all aspects of music, including instrumental study, ensemble playing, composition, jazz, choral music and cathedral choristership (open to both boys and girls). The department is situated in the Cathedral Close and we are fortunate to enjoy regular music making in the cathedral, school chapel, recital room and St Andrew’s Hall. A team of 34 visiting music teachers give instrumental and vocal tuition across both schools.
There are 25 weekly ensembles, including orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, choirs, guitar groups, percussion groups and the Choral Society (which combines both school and adult groups). The department undertakes a foreign tour each year as well as staging a musical theatre production at Norwich Playhouse each autumn. Recent productions to sell-out audiences have included Oliver, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls and Les Misérables.
Music also thrives within the classroom at Norwich School and is particularly popular at A-level with numbers of 15 studying AS in recent years. A wide repertoire of music and styles is covered with emphasis on harmony, counterpoint, composition, performance, musical analysis and aural perception at the heart of the curriculum. At GCSE pupils study a range of works from Mozart to Moby and at Key Stage 3, musical styles from across the world are explored via performance and composition, including Blues, Gamelan, African Djembe Drumming and Indian Classical traditions. Other projects include film music, the role of music in advertising as well as regular class singing and music theory tuition.