Music & Performing Arts
Pupils at St Augustine's have a wide range of opportunities for group music-making, including orchestras, chamber music and choirs. There are also specialist groups like Percussion Ensemble which cater for individual instruments. A large and thriving Chapel Choir and select Chamber Choir perform concert repertoire both in school and at prestigious external venues overseas from St Mark's Square in Venice to St Eupemia in Croatia and Montserrat Cathedral near Barcelona - the annual choir trip to Europe is a not-to-be-missed event.
During the year, Mr Long stages impromptu lunchtime performances to students so that they can sit out in the auditorium, sing along and watch the choir perform!
Musicians interested in pop, rock and other styles can contribute through various events: the annual St Augustine's Got Talent performance in Y9, the annual European choir trip and also the beautiful Christmas Carol Concert performed each year at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redditch. Many students have gone onto perform professionally after leaving school.
The programme of music is constantly evolving, providing a shifting focus where pupils’ talents can contribute most and ensuring that the music flowing from the Music School remains vibrant and relevant. A full spectrum of performance opportunities, from informal lunchtime recitals where students gather in the amphitheatre outside the Music Room to listen to their friends sing, to large-scale choral and church concerts are offered.