The music department believes that the language of music is universal and has a profound effect on the life of a boy. It bases much of its teaching and learning around singing and believes if you can speak then you should be able to sing.
All Lower School boys have a session of singing once a week and the whole school sings hymns in four part harmony in assemblies. Years 9-13 practise all the year round for a combined concert with the Senior Girls. Recent performances have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. We also have a strong team of peripatetic teachers who help develop the instrumental and solo vocal learning. Various ensembles like our woodwind ensemble, brass band, choir and the orchestra meet weekly and the stronger players travel to Olympia to meet with the girls in our senior orchestra. We also help to put on a biannual musical or opera with the Senior Girls. Recent productions have been Les, Miserables, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.
There is plenty to do and boys find many ways to express their creativity in music through the annual music competition. With music at St James a great spirit evolves which has a lasting effect on many of the boys.