Music & Concerts

We have developed an impressive reputation as a centre for musical excellence – music for all is our guiding philosophy and it can be heard throughout the School from dawn until dusk. 

Approximately 95% of our pupils play one musical instrument or more and the School buzzes with enthusiasm and commitment as the children make the most of their opportunities. Every child receives specialist musical education and there is an emphasis on practical music-making across every year group.

Our Music Department (consisting of our Director of Music, our Assistant Director of Music and a team of outstanding specialist music teachers) cultivate and nurture the musical talent of every pupil.

In addition to our showcase concerts every term, we have regular informal concerts, a House Singing competition, an Inter House Music Festival and the opportunity to perform regularly at local businesses and in front of the public, such as carol singing at the Cross in Chichester or performing for Christmas shoppers at John Lewis. Every week, pupils perform in Chichester Cathedral at our assembly services, whether as part of a choir or as a solo performance. Our annual Prebendal Choral Day in the Lent Term is also a magnificent occasion to celebrate our music-making when we bring together the whole Prebendal community, current and former, to take part in several performance pieces.

From the time a child enters The Prebendal, we instil a love of music and the opportunities to perform are endless.

“The extent and level of music-making in the School is fantastic and family and friends are always welcome to our musical events.”
- Matt Jelf, Director of Music

Cathedral Choristers

Our Choristers are also a vital part of the musical life as The Prebendal has been the choir school of Chichester Cathedral for hundreds of years.

The Choristers, who live and learn at the School, sing almost daily in the Cathedral and to critical acclaim. They regularly appear on BBC Radio 3 with live broadcasts from the Cathedral and their music has been recorded on numerous occasions. To find out more about the Choristers, please visit the Choristers section.

Music Scholarships & Awards

Every year, a high proportion of our Year 8 pupils secure music awards to many of the country’s leading senior schools and there are a number of Prebendal musicians currently working in the music profession.

Our pupils achieve well above the national average in all ABRSM examinations with the majority at Distinction and Merit level. Take a look also at the range of scholarships and awards achieved by Prebendal pupils over recent years:


Brighton College, Bryanston, Harrow (Outstanding Talent), Hurstpierpoint, Lancing College (2), Seaford College (2) & Sherborne Girls.


Bedales (3), Lancing College, Portsmouth Grammar (3), Seaford College & Worth.


Ardingly College, Bryanston, Clayesmore, Cranleigh, Eton, Lancing (Exhibition), Portsmouth Grammar & Tonbridge.


Ardingly College, Bryanston, Cranleigh (3), Eltham College, Portsmouth Grammar & Portsmouth High School for Girls.


Ardingly College (2), Charterhouse, Cranleigh (2), Lancing College, Lavant House & Seaford College.


Ardingly College, Downside, Eton (Exhibition), Portsmouth Grammar (4) & St John’s College, Southsea.

Fantasia Music School 2018

We are delighted to be welcoming back Fantasia Music School in the summer holidays and they will be running their courses here at The Prebendal from 19th to 24th August 2018. For all the information, please visit All bookings must be made directly with Fantasia and not with the school. Fantasia is also happy to offer a 10% discount to any new Prebendal families registering for 2018. Please mention that you are a new Prebendal family on the Registration Form and the discount will be applied to your invoice. Fantasia Music School is open to all pupils, at Prebendal and externally.


Out & About

Enjoy a clip from our Senior Brass musicians playing at the Chichester Farmers' Market in November 2017.

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