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Senior Music at KES BathMusic is at the heart of our school: we strive to encourage independent musicians capable of performing with poise, passion, connection and skill. Renowned for both its breadth of opportunity as well as its ambition to extend the most able musicians - from classical to contemporary - co-curricular Music at King Edward’s is an exciting place to be and has something for everyone!

Our unique professional partnerships with Bath’s premier musical organisations are an invaluable feature of our co-curricular offer. 

For over ten years, King Edward’s has been privileged to work with the dynamic instrumental expertise of Bath Philharmonia.  One of the leading professional orchestras in the South West, the many benefits of this partnership include the opportunity to rehearse with and perform alongside professional musicians at our annual Gala Concert, as well as numerous instrumental Masterclasses throughout the year. In addition, the partnership extends to allow KES pupils exclusive access to Bath Philharmonia concerts free of charge, including the rare opportunity to meet and learn from world-class soloists such as Nicola Benedetti, Laura van de Heijden, Jess Gillam and Sheku Kanneh-Mason – both in rehearsal and in bespoke, on-site workshops.

Bath Abbey has a highly regarded vocal heritage and we are fortunate to have a well-established relationship with their Song School, producing many exceptional choral singers over the years. 

Performing for the Bath Community

Performing to and for the Bath Community is important to us. KES Soul, our brilliant R&B band raise money each year for the School’s chosen charities in a special ‘KES Unite’ concert, and we are extremely proud to partner with the Royal United Hospital in Bath to bring live music to the patients, staff and visitors to the hospital, raising valuable funds for their in-house charity.

Saxophone players




Our beautiful city of Bath is blessed with so many iconic buildings; whether it is as part of the Mid-Somerset Festival, Bath Festival’s Party in the City or our own special events, KES musicians undertake regular performances in impressive venues such as the Ball Room in the Assembly Rooms, the Banqueting Room in the Guildhall, the Forum concert hall, the glorious Bath Abbey several times a year and even the intimate surroundings of the Holburne Museum, to name but a few.



The auditioned KES Sixteen has undertaken UK Choir Tours performing choral evensong in Gloucester and Southwark Cathedrals as well as on home territory in Bath Abbey. We are aiming to launch our first International Music Tour within the next couple of years.



Royal Albert Hall


Compositional skill is developed not only by our Composer in Residence, Mark Boden but also by our Associate Musician, Michael Riordan who runs a weekly Composer’s Club. Inspiring our young musicians to consider music for multiple genres, pupils are also encouraged to learn and explore state-of-the-art composing software using our suite of Mac computers. 

To provide our pupils with the widest possible exposure to different musical styles and career opportunities, we strive to provide Music trips which broaden horizons. Recent trips have included seeing Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes at The Royal Opera House, a private tour of The Royal Albert Hall, the vaults at the Hard Rock Café and Les Misérables in the West End! 


The musical benefits of participating in an ensemble are innumerable.

Students learn to hone skills like awareness of blend and balance, intonation, accuracy in keeping beat, and attention to detail when reading music. Beyond these benefits though, participating in a musical ensemble can be just plain fun. With over 20 ensembles each week, the opportunities are numerous.  




performance opportunities


KES musicians performing at the Holburne Soloists' Concert.


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