Our department embodies a joyful approach to music. The concept of play is our guiding principle, and much of the co-curricular life of the department feeds into the academic programme. This has resulted in pupils going on to study music at the Royal Academy of Music, Oxbridge and Trinity College, London.
500+ pupils aged 7-18 taking music lessons
25+ ensembles, including swing band, symphony orchestra and chamber choir
70+ musical events each year
Music at Brighton College is exceptional.”
We are always impressed by the very high standard of playing and eagerness to learn.”
— Kanneh-Mason Trio, Brighton College Artists-in-Residence
We provide pupils with some of the very best musical facilities in the country - our Music School was named one of the UK's best buildings by the Royal Institute of British Architects. At the heart is the Sarah Abraham Recital Hall with a superior acoustic design and a superb Fazioli grand piano. We also offer pupils state-of-the-art technology with a recording suite, percussion room, music library and fifteen practice rooms each with a piano.
How lucky all the children are to perform in such a space. I'm fortunate enough to listen to the finest musicians in my work with Radio 3 and The Proms, in some of the greatest venues, and I don't think this space can be beaten.”
— Katie Derham, BBC presenter
The heart of College life
Each week over twenty-five ensembles rehearse in the Music School to prepare for the 70 concerts, competitions and events that take place each year.
From percussion groups and swing bands, to the chamber choir and symphony orchestra, we offer musical opportunities for everyone.
At Brighton College, each pupil is encouraged to maximise their potential through a supportive and structured environment, whether they are just starting on their musical journey or joining our prestigious Music Scholars' High-Performance Programme.
We offer lessons on all orchestral instruments, voice, classical and electric guitar, harp, piano and organ.
Over 60% of our pupils have private lessons from our highly qualified team of 40 visiting music teachers. Lessons are 35 minutes long and take place in one of our fifteen purpose-built practice rooms.
Brighton College Lockdown Music Videos
During the national Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 our pupils continued to learn and make music. Members from some of our ensembles recorded and created home videos that truly capture the spirit of music at the College: passion, excellence and community.