We have a national reputation for excellence in music Jazz Concert at the Concorde Cluband are home to the Hampshire Specialist Music Course. There’s an extensive variety of musical performance opportunities for both those studying music and those who enjoy music as a recreational activity, including performances on campus and in external venues.

The Music department is keen to welcome as many students as possible to our activities. We perform in exciting venues like the Guildhall, Winchester Cathedral and the Concorde Club. Our Music activity groups include, but are not limited to:

  • College Choir
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concerto Ensemble
  • Big Band
  • Symonds Orchestra
  • Contemporary Music Ensembles
  • Piano Club
  • College Brass
  • Soul Band

Many groups are open to all. Some groups may hold auditions, depending on the instrument and the numbers applying. Please come to see Music staff at enrolment to discuss your interest, whatever you play or sing. All A level Music students take at least one music activity as part of their timetable.

There are currently 85 students studying Music at Peter Symonds, and our courses cover a wide variety of musical styles, from Classical to Contemporary. We offer the Hampshire Specialist Music Course and Music A level, and BTECs in Music Performance and Digital Music Production.

Results are excellent, with A level students achieving high grades (A or B), above the national average. Progression to conservatoires and universities is outstanding and this year 28 of our A level Music students are going on to study music in Higher Education.

We have a highly-regarded team of professional teachers and a busy diary of events throughout the year.

You can find out more about our Hampshire Specialist Music Course and our Music A level by viewing our course leaflets for each subject here.