There is a long musical tradition at Aldro that is based on enjoyment and excellence in equal measure. Practical music-making is at the heart of the Department’s ethos and boys are encouraged to aim for the highest standards in individual music lessons and extra-curricular group work.
In curriculum lessons, boys engage in composing, listening and performing activities that are both stimulating and challenging. Tasks vary between individual and group activities and boys are encouraged to develop independent thinking and citizenship skills which can better equip them for later life.
The Department values all of its musicians, ensuring that the achievements of older boys help to inspire the next generation of boys in school. The Department takes every opportunity to share its work with the wider community in its various concerts.
Aldro has an astounding 180 boys taking music lessons at school in the full range of musical instruments. About 40 boys have lessons in two or more instruments. In the Summer Term we gave approximately 225 music lessons a week. In addition there were 17 different music ensembles and activities a week.
We have an annual Aldro Young Musician of the Year competition. There are categories in Brass, Strings, Woodwind, Piano, Singing, Guitar and Percussion.
In addition to this there is a Spring & Summer Concert at which a brass group, woodwind group, Blues Band, oboe trio, recorder ensemble, guitar group, string quartet, chapel choir and jazz band performed. Throughout the year there are also a number of informal concerts at which boys practice their performances.