“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo
Music plays a significant and prominent role in the heart of life at Lingfield College. The Department is committed to offering a wide variety of opportunities to enhance and develop pupils’ musical horizons and performance skills. All genres of Music are covered both in an academic setting but also in the large array of extra-curricular ensembles and choirs. We believe all students should have the opportunity to make music and be part of a team no matter what style of music they enjoy and as a result, there are opportunities for a wide variety of abilities and interests.
The School has a strong musical tradition of both classical and modern genres with bands and choirs performing regularly at both internal school functions and outside public events. A Symphony Orchestra, three choirs, Jazz Band, Electric Guitar Group and numerous Chamber ensembles, including: Flute, String, Woodwind and Brass, means there is something everyone can be involved with. Teamwork, confidence and self-esteem are all the wonderful extras that come with learning an instrument and these are all aspects we seek to nurture.
In addition to this, regular large scale concerts are held in our Auditorium, alongside a series of more informal recitals that are held within the Department to encourage and support the younger musicians and assist them in gaining performance experience. European tours also take place and 2016 will see our Jazz Band and Chamber Choir embark on a tour to Rhineland, Germany.
Vital parts of the students’ musical development at Lingfield College are the regular trips to see and hear music in a live setting. Pupils in all year groups, but particularly at GCSE, A Level and Scholar Level, are given the opportunity to visit top concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Guildhall and The Barbican. Inspiration and great motivation comes from these visits and pupils have recently enjoyed trips to hear the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, as well as seeing West End productions of ‘Wicked’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Lion King’.
Such is the growing success of the Department that we are excited to announce the opening of a brand new Music Centre in 2017.