Music at EHS is all about opportunity. Our simple aim is to encourage every girl, whatever her ability, to get involved in, and enjoy, the musical life of the school.
We are extremely proud of the high standard of Music achieved at Edgbaston High School. The Music Department is the only department at EHS which teaches girls throughout their academic careers, serving the needs of girls in both Prep and Senior School.
All girls are strongly encouraged at every stage to participate in extra-curricular music, regardless of whether they take music lessons within school. Many have individual instrument, vocal or theory lessons from peripatetic teachers, who give tuition on the following instruments: Piano, Flute, Oboe, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Percussion.
There is a plethora of performance opportunities; the recent Whole School Productions have included Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera alongside other events including Lunchtime Recitals, Tea Time Concerts, the Carol Service, Speech Day, concerts and music assemblies. This includes the event ‘Senior Musician of the Year’, where all Senior students have the opportunity to audition and compete for various prizes. The Music Department regularly welcomes professional musicians and artistes to give concerts and talks which are free to all girls. Recent events have included concert performances by internationally acclaimed pianists Victor Sangiorgio and Simon Trpčeski as well as discussions with Artistes from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The Music Department has been one of the major beneficiaries of the Octagon. This performance space houses a Steinway Model B Concert Grand Piano, donated by former members of Staff. This is a large scale performance area which seats 600, ideal for the School's Senior and Chamber Choirs, Senior Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band, Flute Group and of course the full Senior School Productions. The Octagon is also made available to other external groups, including the Royal School of Church Music.
EHS Girls contribute widely to Birmingham's strong musical reputation, not only through their lessons, practice and performances in School, but also their involvement in the city's many youth choirs and orchestras.