Music plays a significant part in the lives of Habs' prep boys. As well as two class music sessions a week, there are numerous co-curricular opportunities – three choirs, orchestra, Premier Strings, wind band, two recorder ensembles and several chamber ensembles. The Taylor Music School is a cutting edge faculty with a state of the art, purpose built concert hall. All boys have a weekly hymn practice in this imposing space. There are plenty of performance opportunities – the Christmas and Summer concerts, various key assemblies and the annual musical. Every few years, the School puts on a concert in the world famous Barbican Hall. Prep boys are very much a part of this memorable occasion.
In class lessons boys take part in diverse performance, listening and composition opportunities. They are given the space to develop their own understanding and appreciation of music, in whatever form this may take. On average, 80% of boys learn an instrument, and that figure increases to 100% in Year five when all boys learn an orchestral instrument in the place of one of their weekly class lessons. Many boys choose to refine these skills beyond the scheme; this in part explains the teeming and hugely popular co-curricular scene in the Senior school.
“Music at Habs brings me joy. I feel free and able to express my feelings in the way that comes easiest to me”- Neel Madan
“There is so much variety and liveliness each lesson – group composing, singing great songs, and playing lots of different percussion instruments too” - Sohan Das
“Making music in orchestra and choir transforms my day. Any tension in my body relaxes and all my worries disappear and I enjoy myself so much” – Jack Teoh
I love music at Habs because of the opportunities which have enabled me to discover abilities which have come to mean so much to me” - Thomas Oakland
“The music making here brings everyone together in the best way possible” – Dan Rogers