Your child will feel inspired, with opportunities to listen and participate in music throughout the week.

Music at Downside School

Downside is renowned for the quality of its music. Founded over a century ago, Downside’s Schola Cantorum is the oldest Roman Catholic school choir in the United Kingdom. Formed of boys and girls, it gives concerts of large-scale sacred works throughout the year. The Schola Cantorum provides the choral music in the Abbey Church and has topped the charts with its CDs The Abbey and Gregorian Moods.

There are three Chamber Choirs at Downside: a boys’ choir, a girls’ choir and a mixed choir. They specialise in a cappella performances, sacred and secular, and rehearse weekly. Membership is by invitation. The Chamber Choirs sing Mass on some Sundays and are much in demand for concerts.

Orchestral, band and chamber music also flourish at Downside, with frequent concerts and weekly recitals. The CCF and Pipe Bands are also in demand. The CCF band plays for the annual CCF inspection, and accompanies the Remembrance Day service. Both bands regularly perform at School concerts and parades, as well as at private functions.

Music Results

Academic results, both at A Level and GCSE, have been excellent. Each year the School awards a number of music and choral exhibitions and scholarships at 11+, 13+ and 16+, details of which may be obtained by clicking here.

Take a tour of our new Performing Arts Centre, with Media Prefects Millie and Johannes:

Downside School Music Staff

Mr J McNamara MA (Oxon), FRCO, PGDipPerf (RNCM) Director of Music
Mrs T Rees-Jones BMus (Hons), PGCE, MA Music Administrator
Jane Beck BA(Hons), DipABRSM Teacher of Flute
Mr Simon Jones, BMus (Honours) 1st class Teacher of Trumpet and French Horn
Rachel Bevan Teacher of Singing / Girls’ Chamber Choir
Anthony Bevan MA (Cantab) Teacher of Violin, Viola & Piano
Julie Costley-White Teacher of Singing
Jamie Hughes BMus, PGDip  Teacher of Violin & Viola
Steve Jobbins  Teacher of Orchestral Percussion and Drum Kit
Tim Jones BA  Teacher of Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar & Song-writing
Ralph Kerr MA (Oxon)  Teacher of Bagpipes & Pipe Major
Philip Lambton CertABRSM  Teacher of Clarinet, Saxophone & Bandmaster  
Cobie Mills Dip.RCHague  Teacher of Classical Guitar 
Emily Mullins BMus (hons)  Teacher of Harp & Piano
Martin Packman BMus (hons), LTCL Teacher of Oboe & Saxophone
Kathryn Roby Teacher of Cello
C Sheldrake BMus, ARCM, DipRCM  Teacher of Singing / Piano
Mr Richard Stubbings, BA Music in Education (Honours) Teacher of Trombone and Bass