Music is a very important part of St Olave's, with over two thirds of the pupils receiving tuition on individual instruments in our large music school.
Over 70% of those who sat music exams last year gained ‘Distinctions’; the highest grade possible. In Years 4 and 5 all pupils have three class lessons of music per week, learning to play a variety of string, brass and woodwind instruments.
There are many opportunities to play in ensembles, including the junior choir, chapel choir, brass group, saxophone and clarinet group, strings orchestra, recorder group, woodwind group and cello group. There are also several rock groups.
Music is an integral part of both the formal and informal curriculum with pupils being strongly encouraged to try new instruments and join music groups. Instrument teaching is delivered by specialist teachers - many of whom are also professional musicians.
Choral singing is encouraged and enjoyed by many with opportunities to sing in York Minster and at concerts outside the School.