Music is a valued part of the taught curriculum during Years 7 and 8 and is a popular option at GCSE. The chief contribution of music to school life occurs outside the classroom, however, and a large proportion of boys learn an instrument at school.
Opportunities for performance abound for beginners and experts alike, whether as individuals or members of one of the growing number of ensembles and bands that flourish within the school.
Dr I Bonicci
Music Teacher Orchestra Leader Choir Leader and Violin Teacher
PHD / MPhil Composition Oxford University Royal Academy of Music
Dr Bonnici completed a music degree at Oxford University (Worcester College) where he studied composition under Dr Robert Saxton. He won an orchestral competition which resulted in his piece Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra being performed by the Oxford Sinfonietta in 2007. He also conducted a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and trained the chorus for a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Dr Bonicci was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he is in his second year of the Master’s programme in composition under Professor Simon Bainbridge. During the first year of the course he was commissioned by the chamber ensemble Azalea to write Flight of the Phoenix, in 2009 Dr Bonicci’s Musical Space & Synergy was performed by London Sinfonietta at the Purcell Room, and Eternity for soprano and cello was performed at the Royal Academy of Music.
In summer 2009 he was awarded a Ralph Vaughan Williams Award to attend an advanced composition course at Dartington International School of Music, led by the Japanese composer Somei Satoh.
Mr K Daly
Music Assistant for Choir and Orchestra
Mr Daly is the most recent addition to the music department helping to run the Year 7 choir and playing cello in the school orchestra. His musical background is in singing and he provides invaluable assistance to the running of the school ensembles both large and small.
Mrs M Arakawa
MA Music Piano Performance University of Tokyo
Mrs Arakawa started to play the piano at the age of 4 and was chosen to perform in an open master class with Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada at the age of 7. She received her BMus and PGCE in Music with distinction in Tokyo and gave numerous voluntary concerts during her studies. She furthered her studies in London where she was awarded a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Mrs Arakawa is a very experienced teacher and currently has 50 students.
Mr K Lousley
Drums and Percussion
BMus Performance ICMP – Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Mr Lousley has taught drums for many years covering all genres and styles including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Funk, Bossa Nova, Samba, Soca, Songo and Zydeco. He teaches Trinity Guildhall, Trinity Rock and Rockschool examinations. To date, he has taught over 200 pupils! Mr Lousley has been involved in Rock/Pop bands, backing musician for singer-songwriters and plays in a variety of function bands. He is also a session musician who has performed on numerous albums for established artists over a 12 year period including recording sessions at Universal Music. Mr Lousley has toured and played festivals in the UK and throughout Europe most recently headlining at Rockwave which is Greece’s main music festival.
Mr M Maguire
MA Orchestral Studies Guildhall School of Music
Mr Maguire is a professional trumpet player and teacher with ten years’ experience as the Co-Principal Trumpet of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prior to moving to London where he regularly plays for most of the London Orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Mr Maguire’s career highlights include live broadcasts and many performances at the BBC Proms. Mr Maguire teaches both the Associated Boards and Trinity Guildhall syllabuses.
Mr J Majin
BMus Performance and Composition LTCL Diploma in Music Education Goldsmiths College
Mr Majin began learning piano at school and took part in house music competitions and school productions. He studied music at Goldsmiths, University of London including Jazz Performance and Composition, and after graduating with a BMus in 1995 continued to play professionally. After his degree, Mr Majin took an LTCL diploma in Music Education, and taught piano courses for adults at SCOLA. Career highlights include performances at Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr B Sturge
LCM Distinction RGT
Mr Sturge is an experienced Peripatetic Guitar Tutor and Full Member of The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), he teaches over 80 students a week from beginner to advanced in a range of different musical styles.
He teaches Electric and Acoustic 6 & 12 string in both Lead and Rhythm and Popular Music Theory. The styles and genres he teaches are Acoustic Fingerstyle Pop and Rock, Classical, Blues, Rock, Metal, Pop, Funk, and Basic Jazz.
Mr Sturge has gained Distinctions in both Advanced Practical and Written examinations in Acoustic and Electric guitar playing and Music Theory with these qualifications being awarded by The University of West London and administered by London College of Music. He has also played in Acoustic Pop/Rock Bands.