Music

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Music is a fundamental part of The Windsor Boys’ School whether you’re a musician or singer or both. From beginner to Grade 8 standard there’s a wide range of music to be involved with and enjoy. With two dedicated music rooms, two practice rooms, a fully equipped recording studio and a sixth form music room there’s always a lot going on.

We are very proud to be finalists for the 2nd year running in The National Music Awards, which celebrate excellence in UK music education. We competed in the Best Music Department section gaining excellent recognition for the Upper Schools musical achievements. Two 6th form musicians are amongst the best in the country winning Composition Awards presented at Windsor Castle. We’re delighted to see so many of our sixth form musicians heading to Music Conservatoires next year to continue their musical studies.

Here are some of the exciting musical opportunities at school. The Upper Schools Music Department (Windsor Boys’ and Windsor Girls’) tour every two years. The 2014 tour to Paris included six public concerts across Paris – a highlight being in the very special Disneyland theatre. There was time to be a tourist too around the Paris sights and at Disneyland itself.

 

Email Mr James Manwaring, Director of Upper Schools Music, jmanwaring@twbs.co.uk, for more information or check the music timetable for department activity in school in the timetable tab below.

 

The Windsor Boys School - wind bandThis is the Boys’ school’s main band with all instrument sections from strings to brass to percussion to woodwind.

With 55 members this is our largest ensemble. Rehearsals are twice a week before school (see music time table).

Public performances are every term.

The Windsor Boys School - big bandThis is the Boys’ School main performance band. Big Band has around 20 members and is for the big band instruments -brass, percussion, woodwind and electric guitar, bass guitar and keyboard. This is a select ensemble group.

They have played for local politicians and businesses as well as at prestigious events such as Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Windsor.

Every May they join with Eton College Jazz Band for a fantastic summer performance.

Rehearsals are twice a week at 7.45am.

The Windsor Boys School - lower schoolThis is the Boys’ schools junior band. They are the schools’ newest band and have around 30 members. The music is selected to be more playable for the instrumentalists, but still challenge them.

This group is for all instruments, so why not give it a go.

They rehearse every Monday before school.

The Windsor Boys School - choirThere are two choirs: Upper Schools Choir and Boys’ Choir. Upper Schools Choir meet once a week with students from The Windsor Girls’ School. This is an opportunity for the group to extend vocal ranges and cover some great pieces.

They perform at many events including the Windsor Music Festival.

Everyone looks forward to the Boy’s Choir performing at the School Christmas carol service at The Garrison Church in Windsor.

Monday

7.45am - Lower schools’ wind band (years 9 and 10 all instruments)

In lunch - Boys’ Choir

Tuesday

7.45am - Wind Band (all years all instruments)

After school - Upper Schools’ Choir

Wednesday

7.45am - Big Band

Thursday

7.45am - Wind Band (all years all instruments)

Friday

7.45am - Wind Band

News

Music and Magic – 28th March 2017

Tuesday 28th March saw over 100 audience members enjoy a night of music, singing and magic in the main hall that was transformed into a music lounge with festoon lights, round tables and plenty of nibbles.

Music Dates

Forthcoming musical events for the diary.

Year 9 Music Workshop

This morning year 9 students took part in a workshop with Berkshire Maestros Sound Stage.

Music Events Update

On Wednesday 1st March The Upper Schools Big Band performed at a Windsor & Maidenhead Police Form Commendation Ceremony at Fredrick’s Hotel in Maidenhead.

Night at the Musicals concert

Monday evening saw the annual Night at the Musicals concert held in the Drama Studio and produced by Mr Manwaring.

Music Quiz Night

On Friday 20th January the Music Department hosted a quiz night. 180 took part and it was a great evening.

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