Musical opportunities for all
A day does not pass at St Philip's without music playing a part. Whole-school singing in assemblies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; chamber orchestra gatherings on Tuesday; schola rehearsals on Thursday; and a myriad of instrumental and individual singing lessons peppered throughout the course of the week. The sound of music is never far away.
Each boy is taught class music once per week. In addition to this boys can have tuition in up to two musical instruments per week.
The School has a rich singing tradition. All boys have the opportunity to sing in the School Choir and those with particular potential are chosen to sing in the Schola Cantorum. The Schola sings at School services at the Little Oratory, and each Tuesday several boys also sing for the internationally-renowned Oratory Junior Choir.
A school concert takes place annually where the emphasis is on participation. From a Year 3 boy tapping out a simple ditty to an older boy tackling a sophisticated concerto there is room for any boy to stretch the bounds of his ability and confidence.
Impressively for a non-specialist school, music scholarships have been won in the recent past to Westminster, Eton, City of London, Chraterhouse and Worth.
"Strains of Panis Angelicus rose up the staircase into the headmaster’s study pervading the school with a sense of other-worldly calm.
The Good Schools Guide 2022