A lively, thriving musical scene
Music is an integral part of life at Eastbourne College. A high proportion of pupils study an instrument and there are numerous opportunities for all to get involved in activities ranging from, for example, the Chapel Choir to the Concert Band, to the Symphony Orchestra to the popular Singer Songwriter Club.
The Music Department is accommodated in the Birley Centre, a purpose-built music facility. The building contains an auditorium with a recently refurbished Steinway concert grand piano, a foyer and exhibition area, fully equipped recording studios, a rock room, and two music technology suites with Apple Mac computers, as well as specialised teaching, rehearsal and practice rooms.
Concerts of various kinds feature regularly in the school diary. There is a strong tradition of house-based music as showcased in the house reviews. The College has an envied tradition of congregational singing which manifests itself in the rousing singing in Chapel services and the popular ‘Congo, a’ weekly hymn practice. House singing and a capella competitions take place each year.
The College’s series of professional concerts provides pupils and members of the local community with the opportunity to experience world-renowned artists in an intimate and informal atmosphere. Recent performers have included the Dominic Alldis Trio, violinist Thomas Gould, singer James Newby accompanied by Joseph Middleton, and the King’s Singers who performed with the Chapel Choir in St Saviour’s Church as part of the College’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Watch the video below:
Eastbourne Bandstand Concert 2019
The end of year Singer Songwriters concert saw the Live Lounge band and the Jazz Band rock the historic Eastbourne Bandstand. Pupils from all year groups came together to perform in an evening of jazz standards, fantastic original songs and classic cover versions, bringing the house down with brilliant renditions of Uptown Funk and Hey Jude. An audience of parents, staff, pupils, friends and passers-by alike listened, danced and clapped to the superb sound of our talented pupils. All profits from tickets on the evening were donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Summer Concert 2019
The Summer Concert took place in St Saviour’s Church and featured concerto solos, a choral favourite and even some Samurai war cries. The programme consisted of Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D, played by Luca Wells and the String Orchestra; the 3rd movement of Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto, played by Sian Sulke and the Symphony Orchestra; Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise played by Helen Grout on the saxophone accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra; Cecile Chaminade’s Flute Concertino, performed by Leah Hallinon and the Orchestra and the Theme from Hans Zimmer’s Last Samurai. The Upper Sixth soloists were truly excellent and showed off their class and musicality. Ellie Long also did a superb job in leading the Orchestra. It was a fantastic advertisement for Eastbourne College, the music department and the talented musicians.
Live Lounge Concert 2018
The Birley Centre hosted the songwriters of Eastbourne College to perform at the Live Lounge concert. With a full rocking band in tow, the pupils played songs of their own and choice covers. A very appreciative audience enjoyed an expanded repertoire and a final joint performance from all the singers involved. The singer-songwriter workshops are available to pupils from Year 9 to Year 13, and some of them continue to pursue careers in music professionally.