Music at Tudor Hall takes place in a purpose-built music building, housing 11 practice rooms, Main Hall for small concerts and recitals, small classroom, music technology offices. The building, opened in 1986 by Sir Geraint Evans, provides many possibilities for music-making to thrive at Tudor Hall. The facilities are open from 8.00am until 9.00pm in order for the girls to practise in their own time and during prep. Music is very popular; currently just under 50% of girls throughout the school receive instrumental and voice lessons in one or more instruments.
"The unwavering support and dedication of the music department has allowed me to enjoy 7 years of music at Tudor. From singing at Evensong in Magdalen college, to singing with Bella Voci to performing at Bicester Village there have been so many highlights over the years. I will miss the enthusiasm of the department along with all the fantastic opportunities." Kitty, UVI (2021).
Girls are encouraged to perform at all levels. Each term, there is one main concert, music school concerts for a more informal performing opportunity, class concerts in KS3 lessons and one contemporary concert with our open mic nights. In addition there are Ballroom recitals and the opportunity to perform for visiting groups at various times in the year. Musicals are performed in collaboration with the Drama department. The Senior Choir, alongside selected ensembles, are the focal point at the Carol and Confirmation services.
Christmas Carol Service and Readings
More information about the range of opportunities open to the girls is available below.
Brass Group is open to all girls playing any brass instrument. They have the opportunity to play different styles of ensemble music in many of our concerts including the Carol Service and termly concerts.
The Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir for up to 18 voices. The repertoire is extremely varied and challenging, and the singers are expected to be good sight-readers. There is much opportunity for performance in and out of school at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Flute Ensemble (Intermediate)
The group is open to flautists of approximately Grade 2 to 4 standard. It is an opportunity to play duets, trios and quartets in lots of different styles with other flute players.
Individual Music Lessons
*The following are available as individual music lessons:
- Classical/Folk Guitar
- Double Bass
- Electric Guitar
This choir is for the younger years. It offers everyone the chance to sing repertoire that they enjoy with their friends. We sing many styles of music including pop, jazz, musicals and classical songs. It also gives the girls an opportunity to sing in the Christmas Carol Service in Banbury as well as in our main concerts. There is no audition; we just want the girls to enjoy singing.
The orchestra is for girls in any year. It encourages girls to gain experience working in a large ensemble as well as developing their own skills on their instrument. They will have many performing opportunities and it is a great way to get to know girls in other years.
The School Band meets once a week to play original songs and cover versions. The band plays in a variety of styles and includes guitar, bass, piano drums and vocalists. There is no required level of musicianship but a basic understanding of music and an enthusiasm for rock and pop is preferred.
The Senior Choir is for girls in the IVs to UVI. We cover a range of styles and genres from modern day pop songs to the more traditional jazz, classic song and church repertoire. There is no audition, only a love of singing is required, and there are lots of opportunities to perform in concerts and services.
Sixth Form Band
The Sixth Form Band gets together every week to rehearse. The group plays covers and originals with a strong emphasis on vocal harmony. There is no required level of musicianship, but a basic understanding of music and an enthusiasm for rock and pop is preferred.
The string quartet is open to string players in any year. They will be working to develop their ensemble skills and gain experiences in performing and understanding rehearsal techniques.