Malvern College aims to provide musical opportunities for all its pupils, from high-level performers preparing for a career in music to enthusiasts who want to enjoy some regular music-making. In the Foundation Year (Year 9), all pupils follow a short course in music. Pupils in the Remove and Hundred (Years 10 and 11) can opt to follow the GCSE course in Music, and the subject is offered in the Sixth Form at A level and within the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The Music School is housed in a large Victorian building and includes three large rehearsal/class rooms, music technology room, percussion room, recording studio, library and numerous large practice/teaching rooms. Attached to the Music School is St Edmund's Hall, a 150-seat recital hall with a fine Steinway piano. Regular Informal and Community Concerts take place in St Edmund's Hall, giving pupils many opportunities for solo and ensemble performance. In addition, College musicians perform at various venues in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, whilst the Chamber Choir has undertaken recent tours to France and Holland.
Major concerts take place in Big School in the main school building when the School Orchestra, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Jazz Band perform. The College Choral Society also gives its annual concert in Big School, with recent works including Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man', Orff's 'Carmina Burana' and Verdi's 'Requiem'.
There is a fine three-manual Willis organ in the College Chapel. The Chapel Choir is for pupils of all ages and sings at the Sunday services each week, as well as leading worship at other special services on Remembrance Sunday and at various Carol services. Advent Carols are sung in Malvern Priory where the annual Service of Commemoration is also held.
The Director of Music is supported by four academic musicians including Head of Strings, Head of Woodwind, Brass & Percussion and the College Organist. There are also 22 visiting teachers who, along with the full-time staff, offer specialist teaching in all traditional orchestral instruments as well as voice, organ, drum kit, bagpipes, recorder and classical, bass and electric guitar.
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Further information concerning all College Concerts can be obtained from:
Director of Music
Tel: 01684 581530