We are very proud of our extra-curricular music offer at Bishop Thomas Grant School, and indeed prefer to think of it as ‘co-curricular’, meaning that it is just as important as the work we do in the classroom. We believe if our students are inspired by our teaching they will want to develop their musical skills by taking part in school ensembles and events. There are usually at least four or five concerts per year in school, more outside events and a school musical once a year.
Our Choral singing is a great strength of the school, with seven vocal groups currently run. Our flagship ensemble is the school Chapel Choir, who take a major role in the worshipping life of the school. Chapel Choir undertake a tour every other year, and have performed in both Liverpool Cathedrals, in the Royal Festival Hall, in Notre Dame and La Madeleine in Paris, and in St Mark's Basilica in Venice.
Instrumentally the Music Department is continuing to develop. We now have a 50-strong orchestra, no mean feat in an Inner London comprehensive school, and an extremely accomplished Jazz Band. We encourage our more advanced students to form their own groups to perform too, and have several rock bands as a result.
Musical Theatre is another strength of the department. Every year a major show is produced, and usually involves at least 70 students and staff. This tradition is one of the most looked-forward to events of the year. Past productions have included Joseph, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserables, Cabaret, and Little Shop of Horrors. We put the show together over an intense six-week period, with full costumes and a band made up of students and professional players.