The Music department is an extremely busy one. Concerts take place throughout the year in a wide variety of locations both in and beyond the college. Learning an instrument provides students with an opportunity to express themselves, and some go on to play in an instrumental group. Other students prefer to contribute towards congregational hymn singing in Chapel or enjoy singing the lead role in a school production. However, all pupils of all abilities are encouraged to take part and enjoy themselves. Music at Hurst is an inclusive and welcoming activity and everyone is encouraged to take part in something, no matter what their ability.
Instrumental and vocal groups
Year on year, the Music department adapts the instrumental and vocal groups that are on offer, taking into account the strengths and interests of the pupils. Classical musicians can play in the orchestra, one of the many instrumental groups which focuses on particular instrumental disciplines, as part of a chamber group, or even form their own instrumental groups. The department runs a strong Jazz Band which performs regularly at public concerts in the local area, and the Hurst Rockers play throughout the year around the local area and beyond.
Singers have just as many opportunities: they can sing in the 140-strong Chapel Choir; audition for and sing in the Chamber Choir; front one of the College's rock bands; sing in the annual college musical or contribute to the annual House Music competition, which takes place in front of the entire school.
Instrumental and vocal music is heard and performed throughout the campus and there are many opportunities for musicians of all standards to perform. The Music School plays host to a number of Jazz and Rock concerts and many of our musicians are frequently invited by the public to perform outside of school. The choir sings at the weekly chapel services and the Choral Society perform in the college Chapel and attract large audiences from across Sussex.