Primary Years Programme

From the age of three our children enjoy specialist music lessons, learning to engage with a wide variety of music. Classroom music involves performance, composition, appreciation and personal response.

From Kindergarten, our distinctive Suzuki programme enhances the music curriculum, introducing children to their first violin or cello. Children make fast progress and all children from Kindergarten upwards take part in our joint primary annual summer concert – over 350 children playing together in the historic setting of the Central Westminster Hall!

Once children have reached a level of proficiency there are opportunities to play in ensembles or Suzuki Strings. From Grade 4, guitar, trumpet and flute are also available. All children take part in our termly solo concerts for parents and peers. A choir and G5 offer the opportunity to sing at the inspiring Royal Albert Hall, as well as more regular appearances at Town Meetings for the school community.

Middle Years and Diploma Students

Westminster students enjoy taking part in the school’s rock groups, a choir, a string orchestra, a jam session and many singers and instrumentalists. Evening concerts – Musical Showcases – are held each term.

Students perform at the end of term Town Meetings and sometimes at the Grade 12 Graduation ceremony.

Suzuki lessons continue at Westminster to support and develop the Suzuki philosophy.

In addition, individual private lessons are available for students interested in developing their instrumental and vocal ability.

We have a strong team of internationally experienced professional performers who teach music at Southbank (including opera singer Helena Dix, Laura Virtanen who holds a Principal position in the EU Chamber Orchestra, Steffan Rees who directs a London Orchestra, and Alex Munk who has an international jazz career, amongst other distinguished teachers). A recent CD was produced of singing talent in the school, and one of our students has been approached by professionals with a view to developing her career.

Our students also get opportunities to participate in full scale musicals (in 2014, for example, we have organised a Grease performance).