Music at King's
Creativity, Dedication, Commitment.
Many musical journeys begin at King’s Rochester, from the first experiences of ‘Colourstrings’ in Nursery, right through to the large-scale orchestral and choral concerts and musicals in the upper years of the school.
Music has always been central to the existence of King’s: The school was founded in 604AD to educate the choristers, which it still does to this day. All of the boy and several of the girl Cathedral Choristers (aged 8-13) attend King’s, and following a recent announcement by the Cathedral, the boy and girl choristers will be combined into one choir in the coming five years.
Senior pupils are privileged to be able to use the magnificent Cathedral every day as their School Chapel and begin each day with a service held within this majestic space. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the senior and prep schools hold their respective Cathedral services to which parents are warmly invited.
With a varied programme of music throughout the School, much of which is performed in the Cathedral, there is always a performance in rehearsal somewhere. It might be for a Pre-Prep concert where the opportunities to shine and grow in confidence begin, or in the Prep and Senior Schools where regular formal and informal music concerts, Open Mic Nights and annual House music productions are performed with high levels of professionalism.
The inspiring teaching of our accomplished visiting music teachers has led many pupils to pursue a career in music. Recent alumni have been accepted to prestigious, specialist music institutions, such as the Royal College of Music (cello, 2018), Birmingham Conservatoire (piano, 2019) and four current pupils attend conservatoire junior departments in London on Saturdays. Pupils also participate in Kent County orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra (trombone) and three pupils are currently in the National Youth Training Choir. In 2016, a King’s pupil won the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition.
Our most recent production was a performance of Titanic the Musical involving over 100 pupils. Previous productions have including Into the Woods, Sweeny Todd and Les Miserables. Prep School successes have included Honk, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors and Carpe Jugulum.
The music department at King’s offers a pathway for all pupils, whether they simply enjoy playing and singing, are interested in pursuing graded music examinations, or want to make a career in music. With a range of ensembles, such as the Choir, Orchestra, Jazz, Wind and Rock bands, and a vibrant programme of regular open-mic nights, there is always opportunity for every child to flourish.