Music is an important part of every child’s life at Port Regis and it appears on every pupil’s timetable. Every 7 year old learns the recorder and is taught how to read music, every 8 year old learns the violin and all 9 year olds who not learning the piano are taught keyboard skills.
As well as the more popular orchestral instruments, pupils at Port Regis have taken up the marimba, tuba, oboe, bassoon, viola and double bass to name just a few.
The stunning and purpose-built Farrington Music School is at the heart of musical life at Port Regis and consists of:
- 17 large, naturally lit practice and teaching rooms, each containing a Yamaha upright piano including specific rooms for brass, woodwind, percussion and strings
- An impressive 132-seat Recital Hall with views across the water boasting fabulous acoustics, Yamaha grand piano and recording suite
- A dedicated Music Technology room with individual computer and keyboard stations
- A further large music classroom
We have several wind, brass and string ensembles, two school orchestras, 2 senior and 4 junior choirs, samba band, swing band and many other formal and informal groups all of which give regular concerts throughout the year. Performance Days and Novices' Concerts introduce beginners to the thrill of performing in public and to the excitement of playing with other people and for other people. It is that thrill that makes the practising so much easier!
Children learning instruments are encouraged to take music examinations and many become so proficient that we enter them for music scholarships to their senior schools. In recent years, Port Regis pupils have won Music Awards to (in alphabetical order):Bedales, Bryanston, Canford, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Clayesmore, Eton, Godolphin, Harrow, King Edward’s, Bath, King’s Bruton, Radley, Sherborne, Sherborne Girls, St Mary’s Ascot, St. Mary’s, Calne, St Mary’s Shaftesbury and Wells Cathedral School.
The Head of Department is Shaun Bracey, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music as well as a PGCE. Shaun won the Bologna International Composing Competition in 2002 and has directed hundreds of concerts at Port Regis.