Music can be heard in almost every corner of the school and is centred around a lively music department with excellent resources. Each year group receives class music tuition, which covers practical work such as singing, composing and improvising, using keyboards and percussion as well as listening to music of all genres. The school has an enviable reputation for musical excellence.
The Director of Music, Ian Wicks, is supported by a strong team of over twenty visiting instrumental teachers. Instrumental music is well represented; all the standard orchestral instruments are taught as well as piano, organ, saxophone, drums, guitar, singing and music theory. Every child in Years 2, 3 and 4 has an opportunity to experience the range of orchestral instruments on offer in the Music Circus. Over 80% of the school’s pupils learn at least one instrument.
There are four school choirs in addition to the Cathedral Choirs. All children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are members of the Junior Choir. The whole school sings in the annual carol service, where carols written by the pupils are regularly performed.
Ensemble playing is given a high priority and a large number of ensembles rehearse each week. The schools musicians give three major concerts each year and a large programme of informal lunchtime concerts give everyone plenty of opportunities to perform. Professional musicians give master classes, which other schools are invited to attend.
Music Scholarships to a range of senior schools are won each year. Many former pupils have pursued careers in music.
The department is involved in Music Outreach through its Singing Together project for local primary schools.
The Music Department promotes many concerts, but in addition, the Cathedral School Concert Series provides opportunities for visiting musicians to raise funds for the department.
No pupil at Salisbury Cathedral School can help but be touched by the music woven throughout the fabric of the school. For a musical child, this is a wonderful place to be.