Music is very much part of life at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School and there is a wealth of opportunity for every pupil to enjoy music and develop his or her musical skills.
We have an outstanding instrumental programme. One-to-one tuition for voice and any Orchestral, Concert and Band instrument, as well as the whole range of Rock and Pop instruments is available to every pupil. Organ tuition is also available, making use of the two organs on site. A number of our international boarders choose the RAA for the musical opportunities it provides.
Our choirs, instrumental ensembles and orchestras allow pupils to experience all aspects of group music-making. We provide options for pupils who wish to enjoy making music as a pastime as well as options for pupils who want to take their skills to the highest level – we aim to provide pathways for all musicians at the School.
An All-Steinway School
At whatever level pupils choose to take part in music, they benefit from the exceptional facilities we provide. We are hugely proud to be the first state school in the England to be awarded the status of ‘All-Steinway School'. We have a Steinways Grand piano in the Chapel for concerts and recitals as well anotherSteinway used for teaching in the music department. All other teaching and practice spaces in the School's Bothy Music Centre have Steinways uprights for both teaching and for use by pupils. A number of boarding houses also have pianos for our pupils to use in the evening at the weekends.
Pupils have frequent opportunities to demonstrate their talents by performing in formal and informal concerts and recitals in Chapel, Gatton Hall as well as in the Bothy music centre. The Chapel choir and the Choristers also sing Choral Evensong once a month in St Andrew’s Church as well as undertaking Cathedral visits during the year. The experiences offered allow pupils to enjoy one of the most exhilarating elements of music-making as well as develop valuable performance skills. Music is a key element of the academic provision in School with specialist teaching from Year 3 through to A Level.
Recently, we have initiated a Scholars programme for Music where exceptional talent is encouraged to flourish with a dedicated support programme. Please go to the Scholarships page for more information on how to apply.