St Peter's School
The Music School at St Peter’s is directed by Paul Miles-Kingston and is staffed by over 30 teachers. It is one of the largest and most diverse school music departments in the North.
We offer a wide range of opportunities for individual and ensemble performance, with full Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Swing Band and Brass Ensemble, and numerous chamber groups from String Quartet and classical Guitar Group to our Clarinet Choir and Percussion Group.
Singing is highly regarded. Our school choir gives many of our pupils an opportunity to learn and sing a range of classical and popular music, with numbers exceeding 150. Our more specialist choirs are the Chapel Choir and the Chamber Choir who sing a varied and challenging programme of music. Alongside this strong traditional base we also run Barbershop groups for both boys and girls, which are always a popular feature in school concerts. Pupils also regularly form their own pop groups and have taken part successfully in York’s Battle of the Bands.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our instrumental teaching. Lessons are available on all orchestral instruments, piano, organ, singing, classical guitar, electric and bass guitar, percussion and drum kit. Over 250 individual lessons are offered every week and this number continues to grow each year.
The Music School contains many instrumental teaching and practice rooms, a recital room and a fully equipped recording studio. In addition to these facilities there are two classrooms, both of which contain a full set of computers equipped with the latest Sibelius software for use in composition and harmony classes. A new Bösendorfer concert grand piano has just been acquired for the Memorial Hall as the centrepiece of our instrumental stock, which also contains six Yamaha Conservatoire series grand pianos and a beautiful Andrew Garlick harpsichord.
The department has an excellent academic record, with an average of 88% A*/A in GCSE and 100% A/B in A Level over the last three years. Pupils also sit Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall examinations each term with the majority achieving merits or distinctions. Many pupils attain Grade 8 each year, and 19 pupils have also achieved either a DipABRSM or ATCL diploma in the past ten years.
St Peter’s has a strong Christian foundation and we are fortunate to have a beautiful Chapel to use for our concerts and events. A significant part of St Peter’s music programme involves pupils participating in a number of public events in York Minster and other venues throughout the area and nationally.