Music plays a vital role in the life of the School and the majority of our pupils are involved in music-making of some kind. We have over 50 children in our school choir and half of our music lessons are at Grade 6 or above. Every year, nearly a hundred boys and girls will enter our Young Musician of the Year competition.
Among the many music ensembles on offer, we are particularly proud of the School Concert Band, which undertakes regular overseas tours (most recently to Germany). In addition to the School Orchestra, there are numerous other smaller groups which vary termly in response to pupil demand and can range from acappela pop choirs to jazz and world drumming ensembles.
Singing at Giggleswick is for everyone and each Michaelmas term we hold our inter-house Singing & Speaking competition, in which the whole senior school takes part. The standard is very high and preparation always taken very seriously! Regular hymn practices help maintain a lively choral tradition and our enthusiastic Chapel Choir, numbering over 50 singers, leads the worship at Chapel throughout the school week. The school’s chamber choir, Schola Cantorum, has a busy schedule singing in some of the UK’s most stunning venues including most recently Durham and Ripon Cathedrals.
A dedicated team of highly experienced visiting music teachers deliver individual instrumental and vocal lessons to pupils throughout the school. There are numerous opportunities for pupils to perform, ranging from small informal recitals to high-profile whole school concerts. Our own Young Musician of the Year competition allows all pupils the opportunity to perform in public and to receive detailed feedback from a professional musician.
We currently have a number of Rock Bands who receive expert tuition and perform at our annual Rock Concert, as well as at many other events both in and out of school. We have our own in-house Cubase 9 recording facilities which offers a chance for anyone to develop a working knowledge of music recording and production.
There is nothing like the thrill of live music and, with Manchester just over an hour away, venues such as the Bridgewater Hall and MediaCity (home of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) offer irresistible opportunities to see a professional orchestra in action and get a look behind the scenes. We also are a new partner school to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which will allow us to bring in tutors and students from the world of Jazz and Classical Music for high quality workshops and concerts.