JAGS has a thriving music department which puts on over 30 concerts and events every year. Music here was given prominence on the arrival of Gustav Holst as a music teacher from 1904-1920, introduced by his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams, and has continued unabated to the present day. Music is a part of everyday life at JAGS with over half the girls learning an instrument or singing with visiting tutors, and even more taking part in the wide range of ensembles and performances.
Extracurricular music is fundamental to the work of the department with over 20 ensembles rehearsing weekly in addition to more than 20 chamber music groups. Orchestras, choirs, jazz, pop, strings, wind, brass and percussion ensembles meet before and after school as well as at lunchtime. Our groups are organised so that there is something for everyone whatever their age or experience and they offer a clear progression as girls develop during their time here.
Academic music is also very strong. Lessons in Years 7 to 9 are taught in half-classes with an emphasis on practical project work in small groups covering theoretic and general musical knowledge of a wide range of music. GCSE and A level music are popular and enable girls to develop their musical skills further with many going on to study music at leading universities and conservatoires.
Scholarships and exhibitions are available for 11+ and 16+ entry. The scholars and exhibitioners are a valued and important part of music making at JAGS.
If you are interesting in joining the James Allen's Community Orchestra or the JAGS Choral Society, please visit our Arts & Sports in the Community page.