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Music

Singing

Choral singing is at the heart of the school with congregational participation in chapel and in the annual house song competition where every pupil takes part. The College Choir sings at every Chapel service and the special events such as the Carol Service and Founder’s Day. This group is open to all pupils without audition.

The College Chamber Choir is the flagship ensemble of the School, made up of twenty two of the most accomplished singers.  The group perform a wide range of challenging music from all periods and in a huge variety of styles, but mostly a cappella. They have been finalists in the Barnardo's School Choir of the Year Competition held at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Silver Award winners at the Grado International Choral Competition in Italy and are the current Devon Schools Choir of the Year.  They perform at the school, as well as nationally and internationally including a community Concert of Remembrance in Tavistock, Evensong at Bristol Cathedral, a charity event for CLIC-Sargent in Exeter Cathedral (as Devon School Choir of the Year) and sang for Mass at the Basilica of St Mark in Venice.  The group usually tours once a year and will be visiting Barcelona and the surrounding area in 2019 competing and giving a number of concert performances as well as making a number of recordings for future release.

 

Concerts

Pupils present numerous concerts throughout the year both at school and in the local area. Music plays an integral part of our Chapel services and assemblies as well the special occasions that punctuate the year; Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday, Easter and the Carol Service. We also take a full part in the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival, sponsoring and leading the concert for combined school choirs ‘Tavistock Sings!’

Every year the Concert Society presents a season of high quality professional concerts by leading musicians. The concerts are open to the general public but entry for pupils at the school is completely free.

Ensembles

Group music making is one of the most beneficial aspects of learning an instrument and the department runs a number of ensembles which are regularly reviewed in order to provide the most appropriate experience for our current pupils.  These would include the Concert Band for all wind and percussion players, a string ensemble, as well as rock bands and other contemporary groups.  The music department is also fully involved in the regular musical productions, both in playing and singing as well as providing instrumental music for drama productions.

Further information

For further information please contact: music@mountkelly.com

or for Concert Society enquiries: concertsociety@mountkelly.com