Music at St. Michael's

The Music Department at St. Michael’s has two classroom music teachers, as well as a team of 15 highly-experienced peripatetic teachers.

Many students at St. Michael’s learn an instrument at school, with over 150 lessons taking place every week. Students can start to learn an instrument in any year group of the school, whether a beginner or experienced player, and applications for lessons can be handed in at any point during the year. Interested students should ask the Director of Music for an application form. Some support is available for families in financial need.

The department runs a range of ensembles, for students who have not long been learning their instrument, to players and singers at Grade 8 and beyond. A detailed list of ensembles can be found below. There are frequent opportunities for students to perform at concerts, as well as part of liturgies and masses, and the annual Carol Service. The Music Department regularly collaborates on performances with the Drama Department - most recently Sister Act in 2019 and West Side Story in 2017. The Music Department also has a history of concert tours to Europe, most recently to Amsterdam in July 2018, with a trip to Barcelona planned for July 2020. Each Summer Term we organise ABRSM examinations to take place at school.

You can follow the Music Department on Twitter @MusicStMichaels

2019-20 dates:

  • Tuesday 15th October – Chamber Concert
  • Wednesday 13th November – Chamber Concert
  • Thursday 21st November – Autumn Concert
  • Thursday 12th December – Carol Service
  • Tuesday 17th December – Speech Night (Chamber Orchestra only)
  • Wednesday 5th February – Music and Drama Performance
  • Thursday 5th March – 6th Form Chamber Concert
  • Thursday 12th March – Spring Concert
  • Wednesday 1st April - Chamber Concert
  • Wednesday 20th May – Chamber Concert
  • Thursday 9th July – Summer Concert
  • Wednesday 15th - Sunday 19th July – Music Tour to Barcelona 

Extra-curricular Activities





Jazz Band

Wind, brass, guitar, bass and drum kit players

Mondays 1:15-1:50pm

Flute Ensemble

Any flautists

Tuesdays 1:15-1:50pm

A few rehearsals before each concert

Junior Choir

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9

Tuesdays 1:15-1:50pm

Wind Ensemble

Any saxophone or clarinet players

Tuesdays 1:15-1:50pm

Chamber Orchestra

Orchestral players above Grade 5 – see Mr Daly

Wednesdays 1:15-1:50pm

Percussion Group


Wednesdays 1:15-1:50pm

A few rehearsals before each concert

Chamber Choir

Any students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13

Thursdays 1:15-1:50pm

Composition Clinic

GCSE & A Level music students

Thursdays 3:45-4:30pm

Grade 5 Theory Class

Limited space – see Mr Daly if interested

Fridays 1:15-1:50pm


Orchestral players from Grades 2 to 5

Fridays 1:20-1:50pm




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