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Gunnersbury Catholic School

Music and Performing Arts

"Gunnersbury Catholic School is a thriving, vibrant and caring learning community within which pupils are stretched intellectually and foster a love of learning, whilst feeling valued, happy and safe" (OFSTED)

Music and Performing Arts

Music is an important part of the curriculum at Gunnersbury. We aim to involve as many pupils as possible in the pursuit of excellence in performance and creativity. Music is very well-resourced in a new building, complete with a state-of-the-art stage, opened in 2010.  In addition to teaching rooms (equipped with Sibelius software), we have ample rehearsal space, a studio, four practice rooms, a drama workshop. Recent productions have included "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", "The Wiz", “Guys and Dolls” and “Oliver”, as well as a number of plays and compilation shows. Pupils have performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and sing regularly at Westminster Cathedral and in local parishes across the Diocese. The Department has also led two hugely successful tours to Belgium and France in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Individual tuition on all major orchestral instruments as well as percussion, guitar and piano is thriving and opportunities for boys to develop their talents include our Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Barbershop group and ad hoc rock bands formed by the pupils

Each term sees a number of school performances, including the concert in honour of St Cecilia, the Carol Service, the Spring Concert, annual Music Festival, Chamber Choir performances at Westminster Cathedral for the Guild of St Stephen and our summer school production. In addition, the choirs and ensembles perform in the community throughout the year.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer our pupils specialist masterclasses (covering a wide range of instruments) from alumni from the Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Music is an option at both GCSE and at 'A' level; pupils study a range of set works and composers from Bach to Beethoven as well as world music and other contemporary genres such as music for theatre and film.  Composing and performance (both solo and ensemble) form a major element of both qualifications.