The Music Department at Pangbourne aims to kindle latent talent and give all students the opportunity to develop the skills required for the lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music in all its guises.
It is hoped students will foster a passion for a subject which enriches and enlivens people of all cultures and all places, cultivates a deeper understanding of a diverse range of music and develops enquiring minds and critical thinking skills.
The Department is based in the £2m, award-winning Harding Communications Centre which includes a recital hall, practice rooms, recording facilities, classrooms and an ICT suite.
The Centre – which was opened in 2012 – houses the College’s Steinway pianos, which gives Pangbourne its prestigious All-Steinway School status. There are also Steinway pianos located in Pangbourne’s major concert venues, the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel and Drake Hall.
All students are given opportunities to develop their skills by the experienced Music Department with pupils in Forms 1 to 3 attending curriculum lessons and many continuing on at GCSE level (following the Pearson board).
At A Level, students can take Music (following the Pearson board) or Music Technology (following the Pearson board). We also offer the Pearson BTEC in Music either alongside or instead of Music Technology A Level, determined by the requirements of the students on the courses at any given time.
There are numerous opportunities to join College bands and ensembles, a few of which are listed here.
Instrumental tuition is available in all orchestral instruments, rock instruments and the voice and the Department organises a busy programme of informal and formal concerts and, masterclasses and workshops by visiting musicians. Individual tuition is available in all orchestral instruments, piano, voice, electric guitar, drum kit, bagpipes and music technology.
Every year, Pangbourne is represented at the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of royalty.
Miss Ellie Calver - Director of Music, Head of Gifted and Talented
MA (Hons) Music, Worcester College, Oxford University, PGCE Secondary Music, Oxford Brookes University
Mr Luke Wynell-Mayow - Head of Academic Music, Head of Core Skills
BA (Hons), Reading University, MA Music, Open University and PGCE Music, Oxford Brookes University
Mr Andrew Thornhill - Head of Instrumental Music, Bandmaster
MA Performance (Conducting), University of Salford and Licentiate (Bandmastership), Royal Marines School of Music
Miss Anthea Ma - Musician in Residence
Bachelor of Music (Hons) - University of Birmingham
Mrs Trish West - Music Administrator