The Music department offers a wide range of organised group musical activities which include the orchestra, chamber ensembles for string and wind instruments, junior and senior choirs, a madrigal group and jazz, flute, string, and saxophone groups. Individual music tuition is available and as varied as the playing of the harp to rock guitar. Some individual instrumental lessons are arranged outside of academic lesson time, and the opportunity for individual practice is encouraged for all musicians.
Windermere School is a Centre for ABRSM and Rock School Examinations. The opportunity for performance is important for all musicians and vocalists, and a varied programme meets the needs of all levels. Internally, vocalists lead the school in the morning assemblies as members of the choir, perform in concerts for parents, take to the stage during the Inter-House Performing Arts Competition, and, most spectacularly, in the annual musical production. Our good links with the local community have meant that pupils have performed major works, by joining forces with larger choirs. Recently we gave two performances of Gloria by Vivaldi. The reputation of the choir is such that they are much in demand for local weddings, as are some of our senior soloists.
Likewise, our musicians enjoy many of the same openings, starting from individuals performing in morning assemblies, to the more experienced performers being members of the professional orchestra accompanying the school musical. Parents are invited to our annual summer concert, in which performers of all levels and disciplines are invited to participate. Each year, participation in musical festivals gives the opportunity for both vocalists and instrumentalists to compete. The Mary Wakefield and South Cumbria Festivals have been regular venues and, most recently, the Carlisle Music and Drama Festival has been added. Many of our students have enjoyed great success at these festivals.