The Music Department at BGN offers students of all abilities and musical backgrounds a lively and practical opportunity to experience and explore the medium of music.
Key Stage 3
All students follow a course designed to deliver the National Curriculum. Through group and individual composition and performance, students are able to explore a variety of musical ideas, styles and conventions so developing their confidence, communication skills and powers of creativity.
Key Stage 4
Music is offered as an option at GCSE and at AS and A2 level in Years 12 and 13. Examination results at all levels have been outstanding year on year.
The Music Department seeks to provide opportunities for students outside the timetabled curriculum through an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. These currently include a keyboard group, a beginner and advanced guitar group, school orchestra, a Lower School Choir for any students in Years 7 to 9 and a Youth Choir. The Youth Choir is an auditioned ensemble for students in Years 8 to 13 and has toured extensively in recent years, giving concerts in Austria, Holland, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain as well as in the UK.
The Department aims, in collaboration with the Drama Department, to produce a musical production every other year and recent successes have included the whole school production of ‘The Sound of Music’ in April 2009, ‘Oliver’ in April 2011, ‘Annie’ in April 2013, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in April 2015 and 'My Fair Lady' in July 2018. These are in addition to a regular programme of concerts throughout the school year. In July 2017 the Youth Choir went on a concert tour to the spa town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, Italy. The trip included performances in Marina di Pietrasanta and San Gimignano.
The Music Department makes a significant contribution to the liturgical life of the school, with students performing regularly in Masses and other celebrations throughout the school and in our local community.