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Worth is a musical school, but we hope it is much more than this, offering an environment where individuals can flourish and grow as a result of their musical experiences. From the Abbey Church to the recital room and practice rooms of the Performing Arts Centre, music from across the ages fills the air. All forms of music have an airing at some stage, from jazz to Josquin, from Ed Elgar to Ed Sheeran. However, in all areas, enjoyment and the highest standards of performance are encouraged at Worth, no matter what the style of music. The number of students who go on to study Music and Music Technology at university - a number winning choral, organ and instrumental scholarships is a testimony to the musical foundations that we build here. We very much hope that as many pupils as possible will throw themselves into musical activities at Worth. Whatever your starting level of ability, our aim is to give you a passion for music that will last a lifetime. Michael Oakley BA, MA, MMus Director of Music


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 where required (at a cost at time of writing of ÂŁ30 per term). The cost of music lessons for 2013-14 is ÂŁ195 per term. 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), a set of eight practice rooms, two class teaching rooms (one with a suite of Mac computers), and a sound-proofed Rock Room.

PICK YOUR INSTRUMENT Around 40% of students learn a musical instrument or have singing lessons, delivered by a team of 25 dedicated and excellent visiting music teachers.

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.


JOIN THE BAND Music is a living subject as well as an academic discipline. Our pupils are encouraged to get involved in some of the many musical opportunities on offer here at Worth, and, if need be, to start up a musical activity of their own.


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 highlycharged annual House Music Competition. Musical opportunities on offer include:


Comprising over 60 musicians, the orchestra rehearses weekly and performs termly. Music ranges from Mozart to James Bond, and Beethoven to Hans Zimmer.


The Concert Band is a terrific ensemble of some 25 pupils who enjoy playing lighter music - always popular with audiences. The Jazz Band is a very smooth-sounding group, performing at a number of occasions across the year.


These include brass, flute, clarinet, woodwind, saxophone, percussion and string ensembles, all coached by specialist teachers, performing each term.



The Rock Room is available for student band practices most evenings. The contemporary music scene is also thriving with competitions such as the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’, ‘Worth Unplugged’ and ‘Worth Re-wired’ evenings being tremendously popular.


Just as the Abbey Church is central to the life of Worth, so too the Abbey Choir is an important element in many of the services in the Abbey, singing on a number of Sundays each term as well as for other occasions across the year. The choir has toured extensively across Europe, as well as making concert trips to USA and Japan. The Christmas Carol service is always a very special event, with a packed Abbey and the anticipation of something special.


The most experienced Choir members are invited to join the Abbey Consort which sings on the other Sundays of the term and provides wonderful experience for those wishing to apply for choral scholarships at university.


Drawn from pupils, parents and staff at the school, as well as adults from the Parish and beyond, this friendly group of singers performs concerts in November and March. This is ideal for those who enjoy their singing but don’t want too much of a commitment!


THE ACADEMIC SIDE Music is taught throughout Years 7 and 8 involving a balanced musical diet of listening, playing and composing. We hope that students will develop a love and understanding of the subject that will continue throughout their lives. From Year 9, students opt to study Music and there is a good take-up of Music as a subject at GCSE. The Edexcel new GCSE course is designed to allow the study of music through a mix of performing, composing, listening and understanding, with plenty of opportunities for the use of music technology. Edexcel courses for both Music and Music Technology are offered; Music is also available at IB Level (at both SL and HL). Students at this level are encouraged to develop their own areas of musical interest to the highest degree, whether as performers, composers or as potential academic musicians. The excellent A Level results prove the quality of the teaching and the latest results are available on the school website (


All those doing composition as part of their course are trained to use the Logic-Pro and Sibelius music packages. Our fully equipped Mac suite has allowed the teaching of composition to move onto another level. A steady flow of our musicians go on to read

Music or Music Technology at university, some going on to higher degrees or diplomas and a life in the musical profession. In recent years Worthians have won Choral, Organ and Instrumental awards at Christ Church, Hertford and Magdalen Colleges (Oxford), Clare, King’s and Christ’s Colleges

(Cambridge), Edinburgh and Nottingham Universities, and at both Trinity and University Colleges, Dublin. Former students have also gained places at Guildhall and Trinity Colleges of Music in London.


SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are a vital aspect of the department and we greatly value the work done by our music scholars. Music scholarships are awarded at Year 7, Year 9 & Year 12 entry, varying in value up to 40% of fees. At all levels we expect to see potential as well as accomplishment, though obviously more is expected of those applying for Sixth Form scholarships. Year 7 – two instruments, one of at least Grade 4 level, the other of Grade 2. Year 9 – two instruments, one of Grade 5/6, the other of Grade 3/4 Year 12 – two instruments, at least one of which should be at Grade 7/8 The choral aspect of music at Worth is important, so singing is certainly regarded as an instrument in the above. The Director of Music is always happy to meet and hear prospective Music Scholars during the year prior to the year of entry. They will then need to submit a Music Scholarship application form (also available on the website) which will be followed by auditions and interviews early in the year of entry.


Scholarships are awarded for choral and/or instrumental excellence to outstanding candidates. The award will continue throughout the student’s time at Worth, as long as he or she maintains a high pace of learning, level of commitment and overall behaviour. The team of Music Scholars, together with the two Music Prefects, are expected to show the highest levels of commitment and hard work during their time at Worth. When Worth musicians, whether staff or students, are working well together, there is a particularly special sense of a ‘community in action’. Scholarships may also be supplemented by bursaries; details are available on the website or please contact Louise Armes at larmes@ to request bursary forms.

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