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Music

Music is an important part of life at Redmaids' High. It brings people together and is something all girls, whatever their level of musical experience, can enjoy.

In Years 7 to 9, during their weekly lesson, students experience a range of music by performing, listening and composing. They are often taught in split classes to help tailor the teaching towards the skills and interests of each individual. The girls study a range of topics, including Blues, Reggae and Film Music, as well as the more Classical genres.  

Most musical activities and lessons take place in our self-contained Music Department, which has a class-teaching room, large rehearsal room, practice rooms, recording equipment, and a technology laboratory with 18 workstations with keyboards and Apple computers.

Girls can take Music as a GCSE in Year 10, following the Edexcel syllabus, and can continue studying Music at A Level.

Find out more about the Edexcel IGCSE in Music.   

Enrichment and extra-curricular

A significant number of girls have private, one-to-one music lessons, which is provided by our team of highly-qualified peripatetic teachers. These often lead to examinations with a range of exam boards, including ABRSM, but these are not compulsory.

We really encourage pupils to take advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities available. These include six choirs, three orchestras, a wind band, chamber music ensembles and groups tailored towards specific instrumental families, including a Brass Group, Flute Group, Oboe Group, Percussion Ensemble, Swing Band and a Guitar and Ukulele Group. The school also has its own community choir, which is open to the wider school community, including parents and alumnae.

The musicians at Redmaids’ High give countless concerts every year. Previously they have performed in a choir as part of the Brunel Sinfonia's Christmas Concert, sung carols at the Lord Mayor's ‘At Home’, sung the semi-chorus part in the Bristol Bach Choir's performance of MacMillan's St. Luke Passion at Bristol Cathedral, sang acapella at the Colston Hall, participated in Young Voices at the O2 and even performed abroad in Paris.  

Other performance opportunities include the annual Founder's Commemoration Day, the Summer Garden Party, Christmas Market and Autumn BBQ. Girls also enjoy taking part in House Music Competitions and our termly Informal Concerts.

Finally, we organise a biennial overseas choir tour. The next one is to Barcelona in May 2018.

Redmaids' High School
Infant & Junior

juniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 4DP

Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

seniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 3AW