The aim of the music department at Wellesley House is to improve the standard of music-making and general musicianship throughout the school, by encouraging all pupils to enjoy performing, listening and responding to music in all its forms.
There is an annual outing organised to a major musical event, for example, a West End musical, concert or recital. The choir have undertaken a number of concert tours abroad in recent years including trips to Belgium and Venice. They have also sung at Canterbury Cathedral.
The Chapel Choir
The Chapel Choir sing during the Sunday services, robed in cassocks and surplices and during the morning services on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unrobed. All children are eligible to audition for the choir but they must demonstrate an aptitude for singing, a good aural perception, vocal range and commitment.
The orchestra is formed from pupils in the woodwind, brass, string and percussion instrumental categories. Musicians of a suitable standard may be selected to form an orchestra, band or pit band as required to support the annual upper and middle school plays and musicals. The orchestra performs at the annual end of year concert and also at other events during the academic year. Rehearsals normally take place on Tuesdays at 8.30am, and extra rehearsals are scheduled prior to concert performances. Smaller ensemble groups such as string quartets and wind ensembles are arranged to suit the available pool of talent.
The Music Department will identify potential music scholars and advise the Headmaster and parents accordingly. Music scholars are normally required to learn two instruments to at least Grade 5 level, also demonstrating good potential for further progress. Extra lessons in theory, aural and music history will be made available to enable candidates to sit the Viva Voce examination.