At Warwick School we put music at the heart of every boy's social, intellectual and spiritual development; providing a warm, welcoming environment in which students can build their musical skills and grow into confident, cultured young men.
We are proud to be a centre of excellence, offering tuition of the highest standard and a wide variety of outstanding orchestras, bands and choirs to suit all ages, styles and abilities. Boys are encouraged to fulfil their academic and musical potential; a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Simon Hogg, Director of Music (Performance)
Our aim is for every student to gain in confidence through public performance, either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. The Music School consists of 50 staff, including a team of talented and inspirational instrumental teachers who give over 750 lessons each week to help each student achieve their maximum potential. Many achieve Grade 8 with Distinction and advance toward a Diploma in Music Performance. Playing in an ensemble is essential to a student’s musical and social development. There is a wide variety of award winning ensembles available, designed to suit each student’s interests and abilities representing every conceivable genre from big bands to bell ringers. In recent years Warwick School ensembles have performed at venues around the world including: Notre Dame Paris, St Mark’s Venice, Sagrada Familia Barcelona, St Paul’s London, Ghent Cathedral, Uganda and Marrakech.
We are proud of our initiatives offering free music lessons to entire school years: The First Year String Project (Junior School) and the Lower Fourth Scheme (Senior School) offer boys the chance to learn an instrument as part of the curriculum. We are also proud of our partnership with Steinway & Sons Ltd. The Music School possesses a fleet of world class pianos including instruments by: Steinway, Boston, Essex, Yamaha and Kawai. In 2013, a suite of acoustically designed soundproof PODS was added to the department, alongside an additional rehearsal studio. As well as the Bridge House Theatre, a purpose built venue that is ideal for chamber music, musicals and more intimate performances, the Warwick Hall was officially opened in September 2016, to replace the much-loved but outgrown Guy Nelson Hall. Warwick Hall is now one of the largest and finest performance venues in the region. The town of Warwick has two wonderfully historic churches, St. Nicholas Church and The Collegiate Church of St. Mary, which provide alternative venues for our musicians.