Everyone loves music, and it’s all around us! It helps us display our personal and communal identity and lets us express the best of times and some of the most challenging. It holds the secrets of the past, and reflections of cultural and historical development. Such richness offers a variety of ways to engage with a constantly changing world.

At Cobham Hall we offer both inclusion for all and opportunities for individual excellence and believe in the power of music. So whether it is singing on tour, playing the harp, or practising for entry to conservatoire; we’ve got your ‘Bach’.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students focus on practical participation, exploration and appreciation of music, and developing their confidence. Students improve their knowledge of the elements of music and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of music through analysis, listening, research, performing and composing a wide variety of music. Students are exposed to everything from Elvis to Pachelbel’s Canon. Focus is on practical musicianship and developing vocal performance ability to enable all students access to the GCSE music curriculum.

Years 10 and 11: GCSE

Music GCSE includes analysis of eight set works from different musical periods and cultures including musicals, film music, classical hits, pop and world music. Use and understanding of the musical elements, historical contexts and musical vocabulary are developed through analysis, composing and performing. It is recommended students hold a minimum of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Grade 3 or equivalent in order to fully access the Music GCSE curriculum.

Years 12 and 13: A Level Music

This qualification supports students in forming personal and meaningful relationships with music through the development of musical knowledge, understanding and skills, including performing, composing and appraising.

Students are encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.

Outside the Classroom

Students across the School are able to have individual tuition for voice and a range of instruments, and where necessary specialist Tutors can also be arranged. Students can take Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Examinations if they are of the required standard.

Often the Music Department will collaborate with the Drama Department on the School Production and Music students are encouraged to audition for roles within this.

The School Choir comprises of all Year Groups and is open to all. Our Chamber Choir, Benesonantes, is by invitation only.

European Tour

A biennial trip to tour Eastern Europe on a Carol Service is open to invited members of the Benesonantes Chamber Choir, and this has recently seen the students perform in Poland or Budapest.


Music is at the heart of Cobham Hall school life, with a variety of performances throughout the school year. As well as often working with the Drama Department for the School Production, students from the Music Department are busy with various concerts.

Those new to learning a new instrument or new to singing lessons bravely take part in a Beginners’ Concert, whilst our more able musicians take part in a Maestros’ Concert. Flagship musical events include our Chamber Choir, Benesonantes carol singing locally at Cobham College Retirement Home and London’s prestigious Southbank Centre, as well as joining the School Choir for annual school events including the highly popular Carols by Candlelight. This much-anticipated event sees the stunning Gilt Hall bathed in Candlelight as the students entertain the audience with carols, hymns and Christmas songs, as well as the end of term Carol Service at a nearby church.

In addition, our popular Summer Music Concert, held in conjunction with the Summer Art Exhibition, combines ensemble, choral, and solo performances from all Year Groups. With a theme chosen by the Head of Music, it is an impressive celebration of the musical talent of our students.