Music holds a special place at Leweston and it permeates all aspects of school life. The Music department offers a specialist music education to every student providing an excellent foundation in academic music through to University or Music Conservatoire level.
Individual music lessons are an integral part of the musical education that Leweston provides. An exceptional team of visiting musicians give instrumental tuition in voice, piano and organ, woodwind, strings, brass and percussion. The department has an outstanding record in the Associated Board and Trinity College examinations up to diploma level, with pupils going on to study at conservatoires such as the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall, as well as the top university music departments such as Kings College, London and Royal Holloway.
Leweston offers many high-profile performance opportunities, both inside and outside of School. The School has a number of instrumental ensembles including string ensembles, Baroque Group, Flute Group, Recorder Consort, two Prep Recorder Groups, Worship Band and Jazz Band. All ensembles perform regularly in concerts and assemblies. Our more able musicians have the opportunity to audition for the Joint Schools’ Symphony Orchestra (Grade 6+) and Sinfonia (Grade 3+), who rehearse weekly and give at least two large concerts every year. The Symphony Orchestra performs in one major venue each year such as St John’s Smith Square, St George’s Bristol and Oxford Town Hall.
Over the past thirty years Leweston has built a particular reputation for sacred choral music. All pupils in Years 7 and 8 sing in the award-winning junior choir, Cantemus. Senior pupils can audition for a place in the prestigious Schola Cantorum. Schola sings at the School’s weekly Mass, as part of the Sherborne Abbey Festival, at school concerts, and is often asked to sing at concerts, weddings and other services nationally and abroad. In addition, there a number of other choirs in the School, including the Sixth-Form Choir, and the ‘Show Choir’.
The Leweston Choral Society is an SATB choir which brings together students, staff, parents and members of the local community. The Choral Society rehearses on a Wednesday evening from October to March and performs a major choral work with professional orchestra and soloists on a bi-annual basis, with a smaller-scale concert in March of the interim year. Recent performances include Alexander L’Estrange’s ‘Zimbe!’, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concert’, and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’.
Musical Theatre is also a major part of the musical life of Leweston. The musical prodcutions are popular with pupils and are of incalculable educational value. They offer cross-curricular opportunities including drama, technical theatre, costume and stage design, as well as the obvious social benefits. The last two senior musicals where ‘The Lion King’ and ‘9 to 5’.