The Music Department at Westcliff High School for Boys (WHSB) has been a high performing Department for many years. We have had consistently outstanding results in GCSE and Advanced Level Music. Currently there are 13 students studying the subject in the Sixth Form and 69 pupils studying the GCSE course in Years 10 and 11.
The School is extremely proud of the Music Department’s extra-curricular provision. There are a large number of clubs and ensembles that meet regularly, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Treble Choir. The School Calendar features many musical events, including termly Chamber Recitals and the popular ‘Festival of Lessons and Carols’ featuring the large School Choir. The Big Band performs jazz, funk and pop music at two popular annual events, while the School’s symphony orchestra, the Westcliff Sinfonia, performs a full concert of professional repertoire each term. A musical performance is given in Assembly once a week, and hymns are also sung twice weekly in Assembly. The Department regularly runs trips to see concerts, opera and musical theatre in London.
The Department’s programme of instrumental tuition is popular and there are currently over 180 pupils taking lessons on instruments from the bassoon to the organ. The department has a number of Music Scholars, who are selected by audition each year.
Westcliff High School for Boys is an Academy Grammar School located in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
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