Music is an important part of every child’s life at Port Regis and it appears on every pupil’s timetable. Every 7 year old learns the recorder and is taught how to read music, while every 8 year old learns the violin.
Children learning instruments are encouraged to take Associated Board examinations and many become so proficient that we enter them for music scholarships at senior schools. Every year a good number of A Form leavers are successful in their scholarship applications.
As well as the more popular orchestral instruments, pupils at Port Regis have taken up the bagpipes, marimba, tuba, oboe, bassoon, double bass and harp to name just a few.
The stunning and purpose-built Farrington Music School is the heart of the musical life of Port Regis. Situated on the edge of the small lake known as 'Bob’s Pond', the school is octagonal in shape and is made of natural stone, brick and glass. Named after the late Robin Farrington, a former Chairman of Governors who dedicated so much of his time to enhancing the musical life of the school, the building contains:
- 17 large, naturally lit practice and teaching rooms, each containing a Yamaha upright piano including specific rooms for brass, woodwind, percussion and strings
- An impressive 132-seat Recital Hall with views across the water boasting fabulous acoustics, Yamaha grand piano and recording suite
- A dedicated Music Technology room with individual computer and keyboard stations
- A further large music classroom
We have several wind, brass and string ensembles, a school orchestra, senior and junior choirs, samba band, swing band and many other formal and informal groups all of which give regular concerts throughout the year. Performance Days and Novices' Concerts introduce beginners to the thrill of performing in public and to the excitement of playing with other people and for other people. It is that thrill that makes the practising so much easier!
In recent years, Port Regis pupils have won Music Scholarships to (in alphabetical order):Bedales, Bryanston, Canford, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Clayesmore, Eton, King’s Bruton, Sherborne, Sherborne Girls, St Mary’s Ascot, St Mary’s Shaftesbury and Wellington.
The Head of Department is Shaun Bracey, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music as well as a PGCE. Shaun won the Bologna International Composing Competition in 2002, has directed hundreds of concerts at Port Regis and regularly performs in his own band.
Boarding provision is excellent.Good Schools Guide