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Senior Vocal Group
‘A very mature performance of challenging classical repertoire’ Music for Youth - Town Hall


Senior Vocal Group

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This large choir is open to anyone in year 10 upwards. There is no audition and the only requirement is enthusiasm and regular attendance! As well as performances at the Pittville Pump Room, they sang as the backing choir for the crossover group Blake at Cheltenham Town Hall, and have toured in Prague and Germany. The repertoire covers arrangements of pop songs, songs from musicals as well as participation in the annual carol service.

Junior Vocal Group

Click to hear Junior Vocal group

This large choir is open to anyone in years 7 – 9. There is no audition, but an appetite for singing is essential! As well as singing a varied repertoire in and of school, including the carol service, they have toured on the Isle of Wight and performed at the Cheltenham Festival.

Chamber Choir

This is a small, elite group of auditioned singers – mainly, but not exclusively, from the sixth form. Repertoire is varied, from the renaissance to some lighter, modern pieces. They play an important part in the annual carol service.

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First Orchestra
‘Wow a sophisticated and mature sound. There is a richness to your full orchestra tone that’s in keeping with the best youth orchestras in the country..a very impressive orchestra. Technically assured, clearly focussed sound, disciplined, professional sheen.’ Music for Youth - Town Hall


First Orchestra

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The First Orchestra is open to String Players Grade 6+, with brass and wind at grade 7+. Clarinets and flutes will be auditioned. In recent years the orchestra has toured in Prague as well as playing at Symphony Hall as one of the top ten school orchestras in the country. Recent varied repertoire has included Walton, Holst, Beethoven, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov as well as film scores.

Click on this link to hear the First Orchestra play the 1st movement of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto in the Leavers' Concert.

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Second Orchestra

Second Orchestra is open to anyone from beginners to Grade 6, across all year groups. Specially written parts ensure that the music is not too easy or difficult for anyone. As well as playing in school they have performed regularly at the Pittville Pump Room and on tour on the Isle of Wight.

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Music at Pate's

 Music Department ISM Gold AwardISM GCSE Gold Black

The Music Department has been awarded a gold award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians for their GCSE work. Last year over 20% of the cohort took GCSE music, making us one of only 87 schools in the country to have so many people studying music at GCSE. This includes the 4 specialist music schools as well as top independant schools which have a clear focus on music. Including these specialist schools we were ranked 19th in the country for the music results. It is wonderful to have such a flourishing Music Department and it reflects well that the value of studying the arts at GCSE is understood.

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Pate's Symphony Orchestra playing the Star Wars Theme during leavers' Concert

Music plays an important part in the life of the school. Whether in assembly, concerts, lessons, workshops or tours, there are many opportunities for making music. Well over half of the school plays at least one instrument, with large numbers of pupils taking part in choirs, orchestras and bands.

The excellence of the music department has been nationally recognised with a Business Education Award as well as Good Schools Guide awards for our exam results. Both the First Orchestra and Senior Jazz Band have reached the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth, and chamber ensembles have reached the finals, and indeed won, the Pro Corda National Chamber Music for Schools Competition.

Whilst we strive for excellence, we achieve this through encouraging musicians of all levels to take part in something. Mass participation is strongly encouraged!

This years Senior Music Tour to Prague