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.
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|
“Music is strong with the marching band and choirs the main focus for performance, often outside the school.” (ISI Report 2013)