Wycliffe has a thriving Music Department, which plays a large part in everyday life at the school. Our music-making is of a high standard and whatever a pupil’s background in music, we have all of the resources to give them the opportunity to flourish and enjoy music.
We have a busy programme of formal and informal concerts, ranging from intimate Teatime Concerts and Gig Nights, to large school concerts and performances in the local community, as well as the hugely popular whole-school House Music competitions. Every second year, the College produces a staged musical production, most recently Made in Dagenham, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and The Threepenny Opera.
We encourage pupils to get involved in music outside of the classroom and meet with each pupil on a one-to-one basis when they first join the College to gauge their musical experience and interest. There is a wealth of co-curricular musical activities, from the more traditional Chapel Choir and Orchestra to smaller ensembles like Guitar Group and Flute Group. We aim to provide something for everyone, exploring a wide range of musical styles. We also have the Wycliffe Choral Society, which is open to pupils, parents, staff and members of the community.
Our advanced vocal group, VOX, is in demand and has performed at a range of events across the county. We extend our most gifted musicians in various ways, depending on their individual needs. Scholarships are awarded each year for entry into Year 9 and the Sixth Form, which in turn ensure a constant influx of gifted performers into the school.
We regularly invite leading professional musicians to run masterclasses and recently the internationally renowned Voces8 visited to run a vocal workshop with our pupils. Further support is provided through free classes in music theory and links with external organisations. We are extremely proud to have a number of musicians representing Wycliffe at national and county-level, and several of our pupils performed in the Music for Youth Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in 2016.
A team of thirteen specialist peripatetic teachers provide individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, with over 120 lessons taking place each week. A high proportion of our pupils hold music qualifications, but pupils may learn an instrument without working towards an exam, if they so wish. Wycliffe is an exam centre for ABRSM and Rock School examinations, and Trinity exams are taken externally.