The music department is a thriving, vibrant hot-house of emerging talent.
The ethos is one of enabling boys to find their talent and develop it with other musicians in groups they are comfortable with but also by being challenged to work in groups they would at first consider out of their comfort-zone.
We enable music-making through organised ensembles, through “un-organised” groups (i.e. student-led initiatives) and through statutory Key Stage classroom music lessons and Edexcel GCSE and A Level music lessons.
We have 22 visiting teachers delivering 250 individual instrumental and vocal lessons a week, with 20 organised extra-curricular activities running weekly from orchestra to barbershop and record label club. Countless numbers of boys come in their own time to make music in the “unorganised” way.
There are numerous outlets for musicians to perform. We perform in the cathedral twice a year, run a fortnightly Outreach programme going into Primary schools, put on 3 school concerts for the organised ensembles, put on 2 Langton Live events for the “unorganised music” and run smaller concerts such as “A Jazz Evening”, a guitar concert and a piano concert. We visit the elderly and the deaf with small groups. The Chamber Choir undertakes a tour to the Isle of Wight every Christmas and the department goes on a foreign tour bi-annually. There are numerous concert trips to London and locally, we take part in local parades, lunchtime concerts and run 2 Piano Competitions annually. The largest event is the annual Musical Production.
We work with the Langton Girl’s School and run a Canterbury Youth Music Centre where any local musicians come together to play in larger organised ensembles.
We have 4 part-time members of staff each with a different specialism covering classical genres, popular music, song-writing, Jazz and technology.