The Music Department has two main aims embracing both the academic and extra-curricular aspects of Music education. We want to make music as fun, inclusive and useful for our students as possible. Academically our aim is to prepare boys for GCSE and AS/A2 level Music (CCEA) and at the same time to nurture talent that will enable boys to participate fully in the activities we offer such as choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, Rock groups, Pipe Band and Jazz Band.
Ever increasing opportunities to perform are provided throughout the year. The choirs have a leading role in the annual Carol service and the Remembrance service. In addition, the choirs and Senior Orchestra perform regularly at other Family services held throughout the year.
The main musical event of the year is our Spring Concert which showcases all of our ensembles across the College, as well as some soloists. Traditionally, we have alternate full scale Musicals (recent productions have included Love Changes Everything, South Pacific, Oliver and Hairspray) with Strathearn School, who we collaborate with.
In the past our most able students have also been given the opportunity to perform as soloists with the fully professional Sinfonietta Orchestra. Over the past few years this concert series has given the opportunity for over a dozen Campbell pupils to perform at the highest level in concerto movements.
An extensive Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations programme is also on offer, helping to provide a structure enabling the boys to progress in their musical studies.
The Music Department although currently situated in one of the oldest parts of the School (New House – completed in 1902) endeavours to try and keep in touch with the changing nature of music in the digital age. In addition to two Music classrooms, we have a dedicated Music Technology Suite for delivery of the Music curriculum using software such as Sibelius and Logic Pro X.
This room has at its heart a network of some 13 Apple Mac computers. This set up allows pupils to produce high quality original recordings for both exam requirements and pure recreational enjoyment. This facility is naturally very popular with the pupils from Year 8 right through to A Level!
Additionally, we currently have five practice rooms used on a daily basis by our nine visiting Music Tutors for tuition and ensemble rehearsals. They are also used as ensemble group work rooms for our newly updated KS3 curriculum.
Head of Music – Mr A Doherty BMus (Hons), PGCE
Teacher of Music – Mrs G Wilson BMus (Hons), MTD
Teacher of Music, Assistant Exams Officer – Mr M Snodden BMus (Hons), PGCE, DipLCM
Teacher of Music, Head of KS5 and Careers – Mrs S Coetzee BMus (Hons), PGCE
Visiting Music Tutors
Mrs S Adgey – Voice
Mr D Catherwood – Composer in Residence
Miss R Curlett – Lower Strings
Mrs M Fenn – Woodwind
Mr G Harris – Pipes and Drums
Mrs J Leslie – Brass and Piano (Senior School)
Mr D Lindsay – Guitar (and Rock Group)
Mrs L Lynch – Percussion
Mrs H McMordie – Piano
Mrs H Neale – Upper Strings, Piano and Theory
Mr M Wilson – Brass (Junior School)