The Music Academy is open to students who pass an audition, and who are prepared to commit to a programme of advanced specialist training. Any student can apply be a part of the Academy, regardless of whether they are studying Music at A Level.
Choir rehearsal in the performance studio
Music Academy (Choral)
This Academy is designed for students who have a particular aptitude for singing.
Successful applicants form the Academia Musica Choir and are provided with advanced choral training. You will have access to singing lessons, music theory classes and a book allowance for the purchase of vocal music.
The Academia Musica Choir have recently recorded two CDs with Priory Records, broadcast on the BBC and work with professional ensembles such as the English Symphony Orchestra and and choirs such as Selwyn College Choir, Cambridge.
The choir regularly perform concerts, recitals and evensongs throughout the year, including national and international venues. Most recently, they have visited Belgium, Germany and Ireland.
The training that students receive significantly develops the sight-singing and musicianship skills that are required in the profession and as freelance singers.
Music Academy (Instrumental)
This Academy is designed for advanced instrumentalists (normally Grade 5+).
Music Academy (Instrumental) - String Quartet
Successful applicants receive advanced instrumental training and are involved in chamber music of all genres. You will also have access to music theory classes, and a book allowance for the purchase of instrumental music.
Previous members of the Academy have worked with the English Symphony Orchestra and representatives from some of the best conservatiores.
The Music Academy (Instrumental) Programme focuses on chamber music. This enables students to work together in small groups, mentored by professional music staff to produce a programme twice a year of chamber music.
This is continually developing in diversity and last year saw a jazz group as well as rock and pop, in addition to the current classical set-up of string quartets and woodwind groups.
There is no full orchestra at the College, so students are strongly encouraged to get involved with Herefordshire Youth Orchestra and the other ensembles run by the Herefordshire Music Service.