Music

Music at Tonbridge thrives as an academic subject, as a major co-curricular activity and as an integral part of Chapel services.

Music is taught as a timetabled curriculum subject once a week in the Novi year, with the course closely linked to the fortnightly First Year Music Assembly programme. Emphasis during this initial year is upon the presentation of a wide variety of musical subjects, as well as composition sessions using Sibelius software. This gives boys an insight into how music works, as well as the valuable opportunity to create music of their own.

After the first year, Music becomes an iGCSE option choice, with generally 20-25 boys choosing the subject in two or three sets. The iGCSE course covers composition, performance, the study of historical periods, World Music topics and a Set Work (Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto).

In the Sixth Form there are usually between four and eight boys in each year opting to take the Music Pre-U course. Here small set sizes and teaching by a range of staff means that boys are able particularly to develop and pursue their own individual musical enthusiasms, within the structured framework of a flexible course, especially in the Performing and the Composing modules. There is also a Personal Study topic which can be an Extended Essay, advanced performance or advanced composition.

Tonbridgians regularly continue their musical studies beyond school with a number of Oxbridge organ and choral awards in recent years, as well as scholarships and places at music colleges and conservatoires.

Mr Mark Forkgen

Director of Music
MA, ARCO, Queen's College, Cambridge

Mr Stefan Hargreaves

Teacher
MA, MEd, St Peter's College, Oxford & Queens' College, Cambridge

Mr Andrew Pearson

Head of Strings
BMus, LRAM, ARCM, The University of Wales, Cardiff

Mr Julian Thomas

Head of Academic Music
MA, FRCO, Jesus College, Cambridge

Mr Leo Walsh

Teacher
BMus, University of Wales

Mr David Williams

Head of Keyboards
GRSM, ARCM, LRAM, Royal College of Music, London

Visiting Music Teachers

(Miss Isabelle Adams)

Voice

Mr Claude Alexander

Jazz Piano

Mr Vincent Barrella

Piano

Sarah Beaty

Clarinet/Saxophone

Mr David Clack

Head of Brass

Mrs Frances Clack

Violin

Mr Stephen Dandridge

Piano

Ms Elizabeth Drew

Clarinet

Ms Sally Fletcher

Piano

Miss A Floyd

Voice

Mr Jeremy Franks

Electric Guitar

Ms Katy Furmanski

Double Bass

Mr Anthony Harlow

Bass Guitar

Mrs Charlotte Higgs

Violin / Alexander Method

Mr Alex Ho

Pop Piano

Mr Stephen Hollamby

Trumpet

Mrs Karen Howells

Clarinet / Saxophone

Miss Catherine Jackson

Bassoon

Mr Paul James

Guitar

Mr Raymond Love

Classical Guitar

Mr Gareth Lumbers

Jazz

Ms Sharada Mack

Viola

Mr Tony Maloney

Percussion

Ms Joanna Marsh

Flute

Mr James McVinnie

Organ

Miss Mary Methuen

Piano

Ms Alison Moncrieff-Kelly

Cello

Mr Bari Parrott

Electric Guitar

Mr Ali Rafiee

Classical Guitar

Mr Stephen Rhind

Saxophone

Mr Matthew Rich

Percussion

Mr Ben Rogerson

Cello

Miss Arlene Rolph

Voice

Mrs Nancy Sargeant

Oboe

Ms Catherine Smart

Violin

Mr Toby Stafford-Allen

Voice

Ms Seta Tanyel

Piano

Mr Richard Thomas

Trumpet

Mr Nathan Vale

Voice

Mrs Alice Yelf

Trombone/Tuba