The School is well known for its musical excellence and music is embedded in the School’s wider culture and ethos. The facilities offered through the Music School are outstanding, with a concert hall, recital rooms, practice rooms, recording studio, music technology suite, rock room, live lounge and cathedral-proportioned chapel.
The School is well known for its musical excellence and music is embedded in the School’s wider culture and ethos. The facilities offered through the Music School are outstanding, with a concert hall, recital rooms, practice rooms, recording studio, music technology suite, rock room, live lounge and cathedral-proportioned chapel. Music forms part of the Lower School curriculum and is offered as an academic subject at both GCSE and A Level. Over 400 pupils learn to play at least one instrument and there is an orchestra, 80-strong chapel choir, chamber choir, ceremonial marching band, concert band, big band and numerous ensembles, including many rock and pop groups. As a result of the School's unique naval heritage and royal connections, the band and choir have had opportunities to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, before international rugby matches at Twickenham and at St Paul’s Cathedral and St James’ Palace.
The state-of-the-art Music School
Opened in 2008 and comprising:
- The Burns Recital Hall, a fully equipped concert venue seating 250 and housing two new grand pianos: a fine Bechstein and an outstanding Fazioli, one of only 110 made annually
- A new, fully equipped, music technology suite including a fully furnished recording studio
- 3 classrooms, including a keyboard laboratory
- 15 specialist instrumental teaching rooms
- Well-stocked department library
- A fleet of new Bechstein pianos for every room
- Purpose-built technology and recording facilities
- Magnificent 1930s Chapel, seating well over 1300, with an impressive eight second acoustic
- Legendary Grand Organ, a 4-manual Romantic instrument of unrivalled power and a smaller Classical Organ for choral accompaniment
"Music gives a soul to the universe. Wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."
RHS maintains a place at the forefront of music making in the community.
We welcome many world-leading musicians as part of our annual concert series, creating many opportunities for our pupils and visitors to learn from the best.
Dominic Peckham hosts many Singing Days for hundreds of local children - an unforgettable and transformative experience guaranteed to revolutionise and invigorate young people’s attitudes to their own voices.
Exciting workshops in local primary schools aimed at inspiring younger people.
Workshops with award-winning Bassistry Music for RHS pupils and for local feeder schools, energising young people through rhythm.
Notes & Nibbles
Highly popular series of lunchtime recitals given by RHS musicians for local audiences, with buffet lunch.
Organists' Associations of East Anglia
RHS collaborates enthusiastically with the Organists’ Associations, inviting many visitors to play our superb Grand Organ and hosting recitals and masterclasses with internationally acclaimed performers.
Holbrook Choral Society
RHS has a longstanding association with the Holbrook Choral Society, a large and dedicated group of singers from Holbrook and further afield that sings two major annual concerts in the Chapel.
Music Scholarships are awarded annually to pupils who demonstrate real potential in their music making. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the School informally and meet the Director of Music, from whom further information is available.