The Music Department at Pangbourne is a stimulating and vibrant place with numerous opportunities for musicians of all abilities to pursue their interests outside of the classroom.
Musicians can choose to participate in the College Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Soul Band, Marching Band, Drum Corps, Percussion Ensemble and chamber ensembles.
The various musical groups are given the opportunity to perform at regular informal recitals in the Nancye Harding Recital Hall as well as more formal events and services in Drake Hall and the College's impressive Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel. The College is an all-Steinway School and has three Steinway concert grand pianos, as well as a host of high-quality, smaller instruments.
Aural and theory classes are held outside of the curriculum and students can benefit from regular accompaniment sessions with Music department staff.
The hotly-contested, student-led Inter-Divisional Music Competition and the candle-lit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols are highlights of the Pangbourne calendar, while the College Choir is privileged to be invited and perform at the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul's Cathedral each year.
Concert trips are regularly organised by the Music Department, and international tours are planned for future years. Pangbourne also plays host to an annual Piano Festival where scores of pianists from the south of England visit and make full use of the College's excellent facilities under the supportive guidance of experienced adjudicators who offer instant and encouraging feedback.
Miss Ellie Calver
Director of Music
Prep and Primary School Teachers, please CLICK HERE for the Music Outreach enquiry form
In Focus – The Marching Band
The Marching Band is one of the few school Marching Bands in the country and is very much at the heart of Pangbourne life. Made up of around 30 students, the Band sets the beat for the ceremonial drills and marching which takes place during school parades.
The Band consists of a Drum Major, two assistant Drum Majors, a Lead Bugler, a Lead Drummer and students playing Fifes, Wind and Brass instruments.
The Band comes to the fore on Founders' Day (parade and celebration to mark the end of the academic year) when, after playing during the morning parade, it leads the Beat Retreat – the formal final send-off for the Upper Sixth. The Band do a drum display, a marching display and play tunes such as 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'The Great Escape' and 'Skyfall' at the front of the College.
Another event when the Band plays an integral part of proceedings is the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel and every year, the Band also leads the parade in Pangbourne village.
The Marching Band has an inclusive culture and helps students develop confidence and teamwork skills. Younger members of the Band are mentored by their older peers which allows them to develop leadership skills.
The Band get together for practice twice a week, perform at external events and visit military bands, such as the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham, to further their knowledge and enthusiasm for the activity.
|Visiting Music Teachers
|Ms Olivia Canolle
||Head of Keyboard
MA in Music Performance - Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
|Mrs Caroline Clack ||Teacher of Violin and Viola|
|Mr John Donnelly
||Teacher of Drums and Percussion
|Mr Tom Marek||Teacher of Piano
|Mr Tom Primrose||Teacher of Organ and Singing
|Mr Christopher King
||Teacher of Drums and Percussion
|Mr David Miles
||Teacher of Bass Guitar and Double Bass
|Ms Catherine Millar
||Teacher of Bassoon
MA Music, University of Oxford and ALCM (Performance) (Bassoon) and LTCL, Trinity College, London
|Mr Howard Nelson
||Teacher of Flute
ARAM in Flute, Royal Academy of Music
|Mr Michael Wood||Teacher of Singing
|Ms Emma Clark|| Teacher of Oboe|
|Mr Oscar Arguelles|| Teacher of Clarinet and Saxophone|
|Miss Rachel Watson
||Teacher of Cello
BA Hons Music, University of Oxford and MMus Cello Performance and Diploma in ABRSM, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama