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St Columba’s Music Department offers a wide range of musical ensembles, both choral and instrumental, catering for all abilities and tastes.

Its policy is to be as inclusive as possible, while at the same time stretching students’ abilities with challenging and exciting repertoire. Strong links with the St Albans Cathedral Choir have meant that Senior Choir includes many current and former choristers, enabling a high standard of performance. Advanced pupils are given the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Senior Orchestra in concertos, and with the Jazz Band. The four bell choirs are an unusual feature of music at St Columba’s, and are popular both in school and in the wider community.

There is an extensive concert programme throughout the year, including the production of a musical every other year.

Senior Choir

The Senior Choir meets to rehearse each Monday at 1.25pm in the Prep Music Room. The choir takes part in large-scale concerts, leads the singing during masses, and features in the Carol Service held each year in St Albans Cathedral. It is open to everyone.

Senior Orchestra

Senior Orchestra rehearses each Tuesday at 1.25pm in the Prep Music Room and is open to intermediate and advanced players. The orchestra takes part in large-scale concerts, accompanies masses, and plays in the Carol Service held each year in St Albans Cathedral.

College Band

College Band is for beginner to intermediate players on any instrument. It rehearses each week on Wednesday at 1.25pm in the Prep Music Room and performs a mixture of classical, film, and popular music at school concerts.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band rehearses each Thursday at 1.25pm in the Prep Music Room and is open to intermediate and advanced players. It has a large repertoire, featuring most types of jazz, and performs at concerts, the Columban Fayre and Open Sessions.

Bell Choirs

There are three bell choirs in the Senior School: Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Each has twelve ringers and rehearses every week in the Prep Studio. It is an excellent opportunity for pianists to perform as part of a musical ensemble.

  • Junior Bell Choir: Thursdays at 1.25pm
  • Intermediate Bell Choir: Fridays at 1.25pm
  • Senior Bell Choir: Thursdays at 3.50pm

The bell choirs perform regularly in school concerts, the Carol Service in St Albans Cathedral and are often invited to perform at additional events outside school.

Music Tech Club

Music Tech Club runs each Friday at 1.05pm in C2 and is open to anyone that wants to compose using Sibelius (notation software) or Reason (sequencing/multi-track recording software). Students can work on class and coursework projects there or just compose for fun.

Guitar Group

Guitar Group rehearses each Friday at 1.05pm in the Prep Music Room and is run by our specialist Guitar Teacher.