Music at Trent is contemporary and diverse. Built upon a strong musical tradition, our provision has evolved with the times and now reaches far beyond the classical domain to include a full range of musical genres.
Our pupil participation numbers exceed the national average and opportunities to develop musical skill beyond the classroom are part of this. With 28 ensembles to choose from, all pupils can enjoy performing music together. Joining an ensemble provides new experiences and friends as well as the chance to discover new instruments.
We consistently achieve GCSE and A Level results well above national average and numerous pupils take their academic music further with optional performance exams, from entry level to Diploma. Our most successful pupils go on to study music at Conservatoire level, at leading institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, and transform their passion into a career.
Trent musicians regularly provide vibrant lunchtime and drivetime concerts, which offer pupils of all abilities the chance to perform. There is also the opportunity to participate in school events, such as performing in widely-anticipated annual concerts like the Albert Hall Concert, Summer Soiree, Winter Wonderland, May Day Cabaret and supporting the Drama department with productions
The dedicated music building is home to a range of performance spaces, suited to a variety of occasions. Pupils also benefit from access to private rehearsal spaces, including a soundproof percussion room and recording studio.
Recognising Excellence Through Scholarships
Music is a key part of life at Trent College and Music Scholarships are awarded on entry in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. Pupils applying for a music scholarship will be asked to play their instrument and will be given sight-reading and aural tests. A good performing standard is expected on the main instrument – this equates to at least Grade 4 for pupils joining Year 7, at least Grade 6 for pupils joining Year 9 and at least Grade 8 for pupils joining Year 12.