At the Robert Smyth Music Department, we are very proud of the range of talent we have in our various bands and ensembles. We pride ourselves in being able to offer performance opportunities to students of all abilities, whether you’ve recently started learning or are mastering your instrument beyond Grade 8. We believe that all musical styles are equal and should be recognised and we aim for our eclectic range of ensembles to reflect this covering both classical, jazz, soul, funk, rock, pop and folk. Most of the ensembles are open to all students without any need for auditioning; to take part, simply turn up to the next rehearsal. The only ensembles which require an audition are Soul Patrol and Big Band.
There are also lots of performance opportunities available throughout the year which are open to members of the general public to attend: all the academy ensembles perform in the annual Christmas Concert in December and the Spring Concert in March, there are two annual GCSE Music concerts in October and February where all GCSE Music students are invited to perform solos and group items, the annual CAIRS Concert is open to all performing arts acts, the annual Flute Concert in February is open to all flute students, whilst the Leavers’ Concert in May features Year 13 musicians performing before leaving Robert Smyth. In addition there are numerous other performance opportunities during the year such as Presentation Evening and Open Evening in September, assemblies throughout the year, Year 9 induction days and Year 10 celebration assembly in July and various other events. We also regularly stage Community Concerts featuring the Jazz Band, Big Band and Soul Patrol in the Main Hall to raise money for local charities and/or our Music Tours.