Welcome Back!

Amazingly, we are now starting our fifth year here at St Richard Reynolds. In this time, the Music Department has grown so much, and we have so many amazing students to be proud of.

We have lots of exciting things planned for this new year. One of the main ones is the start of our new Piano Scholars scheme. Three amazing students (two from our High School and one from our Primary School) have been through a rigorous selection process and proved themselves to be dedicated musicians. They will be given many opportunities to develop their piano studies such as practice sessions on the grand piano, performing in their own recital, and playing alongside the College Orchestra.

We welcome the amazing Sebastian Lee to our Music Team, who will be teaching violin and viola lessons at the College. Please contact m.brimacombe@srrcc.org.uk for details on how to apply for lessons.



Piano Mentoring

We are excited to announce the return of our very successful piano mentoring scheme! Primary pianists are paired up with secondary pianists who will give them each three twenty-minute lessons over the course of three weeks, culminating in a little celebration afternoon on Friday 10th March.

For our primary pianists, they get the chance to learn extra skills and experience a new method of teaching. They also can be inspired by our talented secondary pupils and get the chance to show off their own skills. Our secondary pupils gain a deeper understanding of piano skills as they have to teach them, and build confidence in their own abilities. And, of course, both pupils have a lot of fun!


Gig Night

We are excited to announce our upcoming showcase of contemporary music, Gig Night! It’s on Friday 10th March at 6.30pm in the Corpus Christi Hall. Auditions will be taking place every day next week after school (Mon 27th Feb – Fri 3rd March). We’re looking for students playing excellent music, be they vocalists, instrumentalists, soloists or ensembles.

We look forward to seeing students at auditions!

Please find the poster below:



Composer of the Week – Barbara Strozzi


Welcome back after what was hopefully a restful half term! Our composer of the week this week  is the Renaissance musician Barbara Strozzi. She was a composer in Italy at a time when it was very unusual for a woman to be playing an instrument professionally, let alone writing her own music!
Here is a little selection of her work:

Che si puo fare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDBPfhG-gVk

La Vendetta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zkLotxUTNg

L’Eraclito Amoroso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwduIeBRfk4



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St Richard Reynolds Catholic College has a specialism in Music. We believe music is vital in bringing together intellect and feeling, and enabling personal expression and emotional development. Music permeates the life of the College; pupils participate in Masses, weekly singing assemblies, concerts and trips, and there is a thriving co-curricular programme.

The Music curriculum itself is engaging and practical, providing every student with the skills and knowledge to be the very best musician. Pupils develop piano, guitar and vocal technique, study music theory and develop their understanding of many different musical styles. The College boasts numerous ensembles including five choirs, string and wind ensembles, student band rehearsals and a jazz band.  Parents are invited to be part of the musical community through joining our choir for parents and friends.

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