King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford


DJBET电竞菠菜人 music-image1.jpgThe Music School was purpose-built in 2001 and provides an outstanding level of accommodation for the department.  It has a large rehearsal room which doubles as a recital hall (seating 200) and a classroom.  There is also a second classroom, a recording studio and five practice rooms available for use outside of lesson times; these are regularly filled with students practising alone or playing in groups together. The main school Hall has an electronic organ (60 stop, 3 manual Makin) and a Steinway piano (Model D), in the possession of the school for several decades.

Extra-Curricular Music

The extra-curricular life of the department is rich and varied and there is a major concert each term, as well as many other performance opportunities.  The following ensembles rehearse week-by-week:

The school’s flagship ensemble is the Senior Orchestra, founded nearly 80 years ago, meets on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30.  Players normally join when they reach grade 6 on an instrument and several members come from other schools.  This advanced level of musical skill allows us to perform some of the top orchestral repertoire and in recent years the orchestra has performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Haydn’s Military Symphony.

The Junior Orchestra, which meets on Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 5:00 is in many ways a training orchestra for its senior counterpart.  Students can join this after they have passed at least Grade 1 (AB or equivalent).  Children from other schools (normally brothers/sisters/ cousins/friends, but all are welcome) join this group of about 30 players.

KEGS Music’s largest ensemble is the Wind Band, which has had as many as 80 players recently, and rehearses on Wednesday lunchtimes.  It is an all ability, all age ensemble and we have members from all years, as well as members of staff who take part.  This ensemble plays lighter repertoire, ranging from specialist Wind Band music to arrangements of Film and TV themes and Pop Songs.

The School Choir top voices (trebles) are unbroken boys’ voices and they rehearse on Monday and Friday lunchtimes.  The Sopranos and Altos (sixth form girls and female staff), Tenors and Basses rehearse on Tuesday lunchtimes.  The choir benefits greatly from our links with Chelmsford Cathedral (we are an active part of the choral foundation) and several members are current and former cathedral choristers.  The main choir performances are in the school carol service and the spring concert; the trebles often perform at the other concerts.

KEGS Music also has senior and junior string groups, called Chamber Ensemble and KEGS Strings, both of which rehearse on Wednesday afternoons.  This is an opportunity for our students to experience some of the excellent repertoire for string ensemble, particularly by British composers.

Instrumental Lessons

The Music Department offers lessons on most orchestral and non-orchestral instruments. Students receive regular lessons with one of our highly qualified peripatetic teachers.  If your son/daughter is interested in starting lessons at school, please complete the online request form:

Instrumental staff

Kia Bennett - Flute
Francesca Bruns, LRAM, ARCM, LTCL - piano
Tim Carey - piano
Oliver Carey, MA, BMus (Hons) - Brass
Paul Copas, LRAM, LTCL, DipRAM - Saxophone, Clarinet
Martin Gadd, ALCM, LLCM, (TD) - violin, viola
David Miles, GRSM, ARMCM - Bassoon
Gillian Miles, ATCL – Oboe
Naomi Poole - Cello
Ian Woolway, ALCM, LLCM, (TD) – Guitar

Former KEGS Musicians

KEGS Music has a proud tradition of outstanding musicians who have started their careers at this school.  Anthony Marwood, the internationally known violinist, Martin Outram, Professor of Music at the Royal College of Music and one of the foremost exponents of the viola, Timothy Carey, a pianist with an international reputation and Guthrie Govan, guitarist and writer for Guitar Techniques magazine, are all products of KEGS; as are a string of organ and choral scholars, Essex Youth Orchestra musicians, and several Young Musician of the Year finalists.  The strength and depth of KEGS Music is impressive.  Locally, KEGS musicians play in a range of ensembles and groups, and staff, parents and governors also regularly sing in the choir.