Music and drama play key roles in the Bedstone tradition: music pervades the life of the College with all students having class music lessons to the end of the third year (Year 9) after which it may be selected as a subject for study to GCSE and A Level. All aspects of music are covered, including music technology enabling the students to explore many ways in which music can be created.
Individual music lessons can be taken for many instruments (as a paid for extra), including
Piano and Organ
Woodwind (flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, recorder)
Upper Strings (Violin and Viola)
Lower Strings (cello) Vocal lessons Guitar Drums Brass.
Examinations can be taken through all of the music exam boards including Trinity, Rock School and the ABRSM from Prep Test to Diploma level. These take place in the Laming Music School in our state-of-the-art, sound-proofed and air conditioned practice rooms. In addition, students have the opportunity to record their work and learn about music production and technology in the recording studio.
There are ensembles that work together both officially, such as brass, strings and woodwind, as well as the groups that students create for themselves. Help is always on hand from one of the highly experienced teachers in the department. These regularly lead to concerts including the 9 Lessons and carols Service, the very popular Rock Concerts, and the now firmly established annual Bedstone’s Got Talent and House music competitions.
The college enjoys an enviable reputation for choral music. There is a Junior School Choir and in the Senior School there is a non-selective choir and a Chamber Choir for advanced singers, both of which are regularly invited to sing in churches and other venues throughout the region.
The Rees Hall provides the College with its theatre. Dramatic productions are always popular.
The spoken word is highly regarded. There are opportunities for debating and competition, these help students to gain confidence and practice speaking formally in front of others.
Bedstone College has a purpose-built dance and performing arts studio, where most types of dance from ballet to modern is undertaken. Dance is a regular part of the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon activity programme as well as forming part of some PE lessons.
Performing Arts is a major growth area with flexibility to meet the needs of the students.