There are a wealth of opportunities for pupils at Rydal Penrhos to be involved in music. There are numerous concerts and performances both in school and in the wider community that allow all our musicians to develop their crucial performance skills with full support from the school’s highly experienced team of music professionals.
We actively invite all pupils to learn a musical instrument and/or study singing.
Opportunities for music at Rydal Penrhos include:
Choirs and Vocal Groups
Schola Cantorum: The school’s chapel, concert and tour choir. Beautiful choral music from the Medieval period to the present day. Performs regularly in chapel, competitions and services in the local community. Invitation/audition only to Years 7-13.
Senior Vocal Ensemble: A mixed choir that sings music from a wide range of styles including pop, jazz, rock and music theatre. Open to all.
Junior Pop Vocal Ensemble: A vocal ensemble ranging from years 7 – 9 that sings mostly popular music.
Tenors and Basses: Open to all boys in Years 10-13; singing a wide range of repertoire.
Individual vocal opportunities: Pupils are actively encouraged to perform as solo singers in a variety of performance situations both within the school and the wider community.
Chapel Band: A small ensemble of instrumentalists who work with the organist to provide accompaniment at weekly chapel services and at occasions such as the harvest, Christmas and Easter services.
Orchestra: Ensemble for all strings, woodwind, brass, percussionists and keyboard players performing a wide range of orchestral repertoire. Open to all.
Advanced Instrumental Ensemble: For string, woodwind, brass players, percussion and keyboard players by invitation; performing and developing small ensemble skills to a high standard and playing a wide range of chamber repertoire.
Jazz Band: For all those players who wish to explore jazz and fusion within music.
Other smaller ensembles: There are many occasions throughout the year when smaller instrumental groups perform and form for particular occasions. These are derived from the Orchestra and Advanced Ensemble. These groups include woodwind, strings, percussion, keyboard and guitar. Rock band, acoustic groups, pop bands, world music and folk groups are also created by the students at various times throughout the year. The music department also actively encourages the formation of new and unique ensembles.