Music

Repton's Chamber Choir sing for a BBC ‘Daily Service’ Broadcast.

Music is at the heart of Repton and resounds throughout the School. 
 
The Music Department offers Repton pupils an endlessly inspiring, challenging and individually-tailored programme of both academic and co-curricular music, always seeking to meet specific requirements of all talents and abilities. Whether you are a passionate instrumentalist playing at the highest level, a beginner looking to try something new, or perhaps someone whose only experience of performing is through the school-wide House Singing Competition, the Repton Music Department has something special to offer.

“Whatever you are doing here to make it work, it really is!”

Julian Lloyd Webber at Repton School's Music Competition Final 2017

The department is housed in an impressive building which features a purpose-built concert hall (crowned in 2015 by a new Steinway grand piano), a fully-equipped recording studio, a computer suite set aside for composition and a variety of academic and instrumental teaching spaces.
 
The School offers a large number of performance opportunities to its pupils: from friendly Informal Concerts and Coffee Concerts to a professional Subscription Concert Series, Chapel Services to large-scale Orchestral and Bands concerts. From an instrumental perspective, the department’s six full-time members of music staff are joined by thirty specialist Visiting Music Teachers (including Heads of Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Singing). This ensures an aspirational and high-quality music programme, tailored to each individual musician’s needs.
 
Many of our musicians take practical and theoretical examinations offered through the Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall, with some pupils achieving up to diploma level. Those sitting exams are offered regular sessions with the School’s accompanist, with dedicated classes for aural and theory tests. Pupils often go on to study music at universities or conservatoires, with Reptonians regularly gaining Choral and Organ Awards to Oxbridge colleges.

If you would like to find out more about Music at Repton, please get in touch; we would be delighted to meet you and show you around our department.
 
For all enquiries, please contact Tricia Fulford on paf@repton.org.uk

Department Staff

Mr Oliver Walker MA, Director of Music

Oliver Walker became Director of Music at Repton School in 2016, a role he combines with a freelance career as a choral conductor and organist which has taken him around the world. He was previously the Head of Choral Music & Keyboard at Solihull School where he directed the chapel choirs in their busy routine of services, concerts and tours. In 2012 he was awarded a Civic Honours Award for his contribution to music making in Solihull. Oliver studied Music at Keble College, Oxford, where was also an Organ Scholar, and has held organist posts at Wells, Gloucester and Chelmsford Cathedrals. 

Head of Academic Music

Dr Peter Siepmann, PhD, LRSM, FRCO
Dr Siepmann has been a member of the music staff at Repton since January 2013.  Alongside his school work, Peter is Organist & Director of Music at St Peter's Church in Nottingham, and works regularly as a continuo player, accompanist and guest conductor for a number of local ensembles including the University of Nottingham Choir, Nottingham Bach Choir and Mansfield Choral Society.

School Organist & Accompanist

Mr Jeremy Woodside, MMus, BMus, ARCO, FTCL

Head of Popular Music

Mr Richard Fairbrother, MA

Head of Singing

Mr Andrew Ashwin, BMus, LRSM, PGDip

Head of Strings

Mrs Kelly McCusker, MA

Head of Woodwind

Mrs Alison Hardy, GBSM, ABSM, Dip Orch St

Head of Brass

Mr R Spalton

Music Department Administrator

Mrs Tricia Fulford

Please see the Academic Music page to find out about more about studying Music at Repton.