Music is at the heart of the school. The breadth of music-making available to pupils provides them with many opportunities to experience a variety of musical genres, whether through performing as part of a group or listening to their fellow pupils at one of our regular concerts.
St Benedict’s has a strong choral tradition and many pupils of all ages sing in the school’s six choirs: the Abbey Choir, which sings at the Abbey services; Concert Choir, the main Senior School choir; Consort Choir, an auditioned chamber choir; Opera Choir, which sang with Midsummer Opera’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in 2016; Pafties, a small close harmony group with a wide repertoire; and Jazz Choir, which gives singers the chance to try vocal improvisation. St Benedict’s has a long-standing and successful partnership with the professional ensemble VOCES8, who regularly work with our singers and perform alongside them.
The main instrumental groups are the Orchestra, String Ensemble, Big Band, Wind Band, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Smaller groups include a guitar ensemble, flute and clarinet ensembles, chamber trios and quartets, various Jazz Ensembles and numerous pupil bands.
Many of our pupils have instrumental and singing lessons from our team of visiting music teachers.