St George's is a Preparatory School of considerable size with a flourishing Music Department.
In addition to the choristers, who in former days would have been the main nucleus of such a traditional Choir School, there are now many other children with diverse interests, both musical and other. The choristers have always required a considerable standard of instrumental and theoretical training in support of the very high standards expected of them in their daily work within the Chapel Choir. The number of Supernumaries also requiring this standard and who, like several of the choristers, will go on to take music awards at Independent school level, has also increased. The Music Department seeks to support this work at the highest possible standard and at the same time to encourage all children, at whatever level they may be in ability and interest, to feel that they too have a valid contribution to make to the musical life of the school.
We have spectacular facilities, not least the Chapel, which forms an integral part in the life of the school. There are very few days when the facilities available to the Music Department within the school are not in full use, and am I sure there are not many times in the school day when music is not audible in some form or other within the building. Music is very much part of our spirit and our character.
In the Summer Term each year, the Music and Drama Departments combine to produce two very large -scale productions for all the children in the school. Over the past eight years the scale of these productions has escalated. The Middle School now produce a full musical of their own, either in the Chapter Garden or in the school gym, and the Senior production is staged in the Farrer Theatre at Eton. Recent production have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Middle School), The King and I, Barnum and Honk! (Senior School).