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
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.
|Audio Files - Take a Listen...||Date|
|A Year 7 group's first attempt at exploring the basics of Samba music.||28th Apr 2017||Download|
|Pupils in Year 4 working on a song called 'I Turn on the Tap' combining two independent melodies.||28th Apr 2017||Download|
|A Year 5 class singing 'Down by the Salley Gardens' for the first time.||28th Apr 2017||Download|
|Our younger children creating the sounds of a rainstorm using African dejembe drums & performed in the round.||28th Apr 2017||Download|