Music is an important part of life at Welbeck. A large number of students are involved in learning and performing as well as those who simply play music for recreational purposes. Whilst music is not taught as an academic subject, we do have an active community of musicians and ensembles including a jazz band, choir, wind band, string band, brass group, drum corps and a military band all of which practice regularly. There are two, well equipped, sound proofed, practice rooms that students may use in their free time.
There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the school calendar including the Christmas and Summer Concerts. Groups and soloists are also given the opportunity to perform in the local community at various services through the year including Carol services and the annual bluebell service held in Swithland Wood. Less formal performance opportunities can be found at college or house social events.
Lessons are available for all playing standards from beginner to Diploma standard and include bagpipes, guitar, singing and piano amongst others. Some instruments can be loaned out to students at no cost.
For those of sufficient ability to consider taking examination grades in instrument playing, singing, or the musical theory, there is the possibility for this to be incorporated into the enrichment programme in the upper sixth year. Lessons would be arranged with the music staff and probably take place in the evenings or General Activity time. Timetable time may be available for instrumental practice, theory lessons or for further study in lieu of time used up in the evenings.
Any students who would like to consider this option should, on their arrival at the College, talk to Mr Lang who oversees the music provision. A decision will be made depending on the suitability of the student and the availability of music teaching staff. There would be a requirement to enter for the examination and progress would need to be monitored throughout the year. Achievement in music, specifically attaining higher grades may carry UCAS points.