Music at Canford enjoys a high profile within the busy school life. From the experienced sixth form music scholar to a beginner in Shells and whatever the instrument, our aim is to support, encourage and develop the pupils' music-making. We hope that when pupils leave Canford they will continue to pursue their music-making independently having gained sufficient skills whilst at school to enable them to sing in choirs, play in bands or orchestras or just to enjoy playing at home as a hobby. For some, further professional training will beckon and we know that the rounded and high-level musical education provided at Canford will also prove an excellent foundation for a music degree or a Conservatoire course.
There are regular concerts and frequent informal concerts given by pupils; a joint production with the Drama department takes place every Christmas. To view the latest Music Calendar, please click on the block on the right. Additional musical events during the term may be found on the general calendar page - please click here to link.
All those who learn an orchestral instrument are encouraged to join an appropriate ensemble. Most musicians will be in more than one ensemble, allowing them to gain experience of different music, styles and instrumental combinations. The Chapel Choir sings Choral Evensong regularly in cathedrals throughout the region and tours Europe every other year. The orchestra tackles the standard romantic repertory and recent concerts have featured works by Mozart, Hummel, Sibelius and Bloch. It gives regular concerts both in school and in a variety of other local venues. It has raised substantial sums of money through fund-raising concerts for local charities.
Pupils often go on to study music at University and sometimes to a conservatoire. Our Oxbridge candidates often take choral awards. We have sent two organ scholars to Oxford in the last five years.