The Music Department at the Crypt School not only provides Music lessons to students across the school but is also an active part of the wider community, providing a powerful voice for the school community at important public events.


Welcome to The Crypt Music Department!

We’ve had a busy start to the year in the music department, alongside some staff changes and the new groups and opportunities which have arisen. Here is an introduction to who we are and what we are doing this term! 

Music Staff

Mr Julian Whittaker; Director of Music

Mr David Snow; teacher of music

Mr Martin Mitchell; teacher of music technology


Visiting music teachers:

Mr Christopher Boodle; piano, organ, theory

Mr William Morris; piano

Mrs Laura Morris; brass

Mrs Jo Gillet-Smith; violin, viola, cello

Mrs Saffron Young; double bass

Miss Jill Beddoe; woodwind

Mr Alexander Jones; singing

Mr Matthew Bucher; drums and percussion

Mr Mark Remes; guitar

Mr Matthew Sharp; electronic keyboard


Weekly ensembles

There is something for everyone – we have a group every lunchtime and also after school! Groups are coached by our Director of Music, staff and students and are vibrant, ambitious and, most importantly, a lot of fun! Our standards are very high but each ensemble is tailored towards the development of musicians and singers of all levels.

Choir: this is open to all year groups. We sing a wide range of musical styles from secular, sacred, music theatre and popular; we comprise SATB and prepare for all major school services and concerts.

Chamber Choir: by audition only. Open to all ages, we sing music from the medieval period to the present day, specialising in close harmony and barbershop styles.

Girls’ Choir: open to all sixth form girls. We sing a wide range of styles from musical theatre.

Symphony Orchestra: open to all instrumentalists in all years. Comprises: woodwind, strings and brass from Grades 1-8, performing a wide variety of classical, film and seasonal repertoire and supporting all the major school events.

Big Band: by audition only. Comprises woodwind and brass players, piano, guitar and percussion. We aim to develop a deep understanding of jazz and perform in the school and the local community. 

Brass Group: open to brass players in all years. We perform a range of musical styles and feature student arrangements, supporting all major school services.

Woodwind Group: open to woodwind players in all years. ; coached by students and performing a wide range of styles and arrangements

String Group: open to string players in all years. We perform music from the baroque era to present day, and chamber music.

Percussion Group: open to percussionists in all year groups. Students are coached by our sixth form percussionists - all music is arranged by the students and features tuned and untuned instruments.

Ukulele Group: open to ukulele players in all years.

Folk Band: open to woodwind and string players in all years. We perform folk music from around the British Isles and are also available for ceilidh bookings!

Other ad hoc ensembles are formed on demand and rehearsals take place throughout the year.


Music diary: Autumn Term 2015

22 October: Autumn Concert, 7pm, Main hall

7 November: Rugby Choir performance at the England vs New Zealand Rugby Match, Olympic Park, London

11 November: School Remembrance Service

15 November: big band competing at the National Concert Band Festival , All Saints Academy, Cheltenham 


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