“Music is…A higher revelation than all Wisdom and Philosophy”- Ludwig van Beethoven
Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School is fortunate enough to host an unprecedented amount of exceptional musical talent. Many girls play an instrument or sing at a level that is far beyond their years.
The music department feature staff that have worked not only as teachers, but also as professional musicians and are well equipped to nurture the wonderful talent that is so prevalent at the school and also foster and encourage new talent.
Music is taught formally in the classroom and also in the more formal extracurricular Orchestra and Choir. Less formal extracurricular groups also provide additional opportunities for students, such as the Rock Band, Jazz Band and String Quartet. Students are also encouraged to establish their own ensembles and take responsibility for rehearsing them in one of the well- equipped rooms within the music department at lunch times or after school.
The school covers the curriculum in a broad and creative manner through constant incorporation of the key musical processes of listening and appraising, composing and performing. These processes are applied through teaching instrumental techniques, working with varied musical genres and learning to play a wide variety of pieces of music both as individuals and ensembles.
The school has several important musical events in the calendar. These are Remembrance Day, the Christmas Concert, Commemoration Day, and the Summer Concert. These concerts provide an opportunity for all students to showcase their talent in front of an audience and gain a flavour of what it means to be a professional musician. In addition to the school concerts, ensembles are afforded opportunity perform in the community at local lunch clubs and charity events.