Music at Roedean is lively, engaging and accomplished. Within the curriculum it is fun, involves everybody, and has a lasting effect on the students’ appreciation of an extensive range of musical styles, through the key skills of performing, composing, and listening. Many take the subject to GCSE and A Level, achieving excellent results.
A huge number of events, concerts, masterclasses and workshops are arranged each year.
Many girls in the school learn one or two instruments, and specialist tuition is given in piano, organ, all orchestral instruments, saxophone, guitar, orchestral percussion, drum kit, and solo singing.
ABRSM exams are held each term with many Roedean musicians gaining distinctions.
We encourage musicians of all ages to enjoy performing and to develop their individual talents to a high standard in informal teatime recitals, as well as more formal full-scale concerts.
A wide range of ensembles come together every week, including Rodean Symphony Orchestra, Strings Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble, Concert Band, the Roedean School Choir, as well as a number of chamber groups, such as a Piano Trio and two String Quartets.
Some pupils also attend Saturday music colleges in London.
Our musicians also go on to study Music at tertiary level and at Oxford, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, York, the Royal Academy of Music, and Trinity Laban.
The Senior Singers performing a movement from Karl Jenkins’ Requiem
U3 singers performing 'Cups' by Anna Kendrick
Roedean orchestras, choirs, concert band, ensembles, and soloists frequently perform in concerts both in school and at many venues locally and beyond.
Our recent major concert in the Chapel as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe brought over 140 musicians together, from the school and the local area, and the Chapel was full with a capacity audience of well over 350. The concert was a great success, and this recording will you give you an impression of it.
Over one third of those taking instrumental music examinations achieve distinction.
– ISI Inspection 2016