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Music Life at St Olave sMusic is a very important part of St Peter's 8-13, 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.

Pupil Testimonials:

  • I am so grateful to have teachers like you who make me love music even more.
  • I think the Virtualosity concerts are a really good idea. It makes performing less stressful. The first time I performed, I was super shakey but when I did it again it was much easier. I love performing so it is a really good thing to have. 
  • I feel that school supports me as a chorister. The school staff are very kind to us. They make us sandwiches and sometimes we have millionaires slices, which I like.
  • There are so many bands to pick from so you are spoiled for choice! It’s great to be able to play and listen to so many different instruments.
  • The Music department is a friendly place.  The teachers are kind and make the lessons fun. There’s lots of encouragement.

York Minster Choristers 

We are also the Choir School for York Minster, responsible for educating York Minster’s girl and boy choristers. The choristers are valued members of the St Peter’s School community and form part of a 1,000-year-old tradition of church music.