Our expert instrumental teaching staff currently teach over 120 students on a wide range of instruments including voice, piano, organ guitar, drums, strings, harp, woodwind and brass. We host the Associated Board for an exam session each term meaning that students can take their exams in familiar surroundings. Instrumental lessons can be arranged by the Director of Music.
We offer students opportunities to take part in a variety of ensembles. Singing is an area of real excellence with four choirs (chamber choir; chapel choir; intermediate choir; lower school choir) that rehearse weekly and perform regularly. This approach ensures sufficient challenge for all students and provides a thorough preparation for applying for choral scholarships at university. We also have a wide range of instrumental ensembles comprising: senior orchestra; training orchestra; lower school band; clarinet quartet; saxophone quartet; flute choir; tom-tom club; and lower strings ensemble.
We offer GCSE Music, AS and A2 Music, AS and A2 Music Technology (following the Edexcel syllabus) and International Baccalaureate Music as options for students in years 10 - 13. These courses seek to develop students as performers, composers and appraisers. All three skills are intertwined and are afforded equal importance. Furthermore, students study music theory and notation throughout their time at the college in order to have a solid base from which to build on their skills.
We believe that creativity is integral to every aspect of a musician's development. Students explore their musical ideas in different ways using the latest notation and sequencing software (Sibelius 7 and Cubase Artist) as well as through improvisation which really aids the development of performance skills. Compositions are showcased at 'Cre8', a special event that celebrates original work in the arts.
Students have the opportunity to perform regularly in concerts, musical productions, chapel services, assemblies, open days and visits out of college in the community. We encourage students to take part in music festivals such as the annual Oswestry Youth Music Festival. Students also have the opportunity to go on music tours every other year, our most recent to Lake Garda in Italy. We are delighted to receive a return visit from the Italian students.
The music department is committed to working in the community and as such we have a long-established choral society open to all, conducted by the director of music. This choir perform a variety of concerts each year, many raising money for charities such as Age UK, Hope House and Severn Hospice. In recent years we have forged strong partnerships and shared the stage with Oswestry Sinfonia and Porthwaen Silver Band, both local instrumental ensembles. We host a recital series each year that showcases the wonderful sounds of the Chapel organ and the rare Schulze Organ in Big School.
Music is an integral part of life at Ellesmere College and we value the talent, enthusiasm and dedication displayed by all our students.