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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 and 8, 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. 

In Year 9, students can choose study Music and/or Music Technology for three hours each fortnight. Students studying Music explore the subject through a more notation and instrument based route, whilst Music Technology pupils study the course through their utilisation of iMac software, such as Logic, as well as studying live recording

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. The lab has 18 workstations with keyboards and Apple iMac computers, equipped with a range of music-specific software including Sibelius and Logic.

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

Find out more about the Edexcel GCSE in Music.

Enrichment and extra-curricular

A significant number of girls have private, one-to-one music lessons, provided by a team of highly-qualified visiting music teachers. These often lead to examinations with a range of exam boards, including ABRSM, Trinity and LCM Musical Theatre, but these are not compulsory.

In addition, the school regularly welcomes renowned professional musicians to lead workshops, masterclasses and performances of the highest calibre. Recent visitors include Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano soloist, recently performing at the Royal Wedding), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Allan Schiller (concert pianist), Simon Kodurand (Baroque specialist),  Nicola Benedetti MBE (violinist) and Andy Tweed (saxophonist and jazz specialist). 

We are also pleased to regularly welcome the Bristol Ensemble (Bristol's professional orchestra) to school - they have been our "Orchestra in Residence" since September 2018.

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, Samba 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 a capella 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, most recently to Barcelona in May 2018.


Click here for a short video about our Steinway & Sons Model D concert grand piano that is situated in our state-of-the-art performance space Redland Hall.

Redmaids' High 
Junior School

0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Bristol BS9 4DP

Company number: 5165135
Registered charity number: 1105017 

Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Bristol BS9 3AW                        

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