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MUSIC at xaverian

I fell in love with music at Xaverian for its passionately creative teachers and performers

Billy Harrison, A-level Music student, 2021

Why study music with us?

  • Around 80% of Music students progress to Higher Education Music and Music Technology based courses.
  • 42% of students are awarded places at leading conservatoires; many on scholarships.
  • 65 students study A-level Music and 65 students study A-level and BTEC Music Technology at Xaverian College.
  • The department also runs ABRSM theory classes.

Our extensive ensembles

  • An outstanding orchestra with over 110 musicians
  • A fabulous concert choir with over 120 singers.
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Big band
  • Studio band
  • Flute group, clarinet group, saxophone group, string orchestra
  • Brass band, jazz band, chamber choir, percussion ensemble, and many rock bands
  • There are a variety of chamber ensembles

Student Destinations 2021

Meet our staff

We’ve thought of everything you’ll need to be your best at Xaverian.

20 peripatetic music staff, and three accompanists, are on your team to help you shine.

And you’ll have lots of opportunities to work alongside other musicians in all kinds of different environments and productions.

Andrew Levendis - Director of Music

Neil Bowden - Music and Music Technology

Ged Marciniak - Music Technology

Ben Attfield - Piano Tutor, Accompanist and Theory Teacher

Ellie Boney - Cello Tutor

Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley - Classical and Jazz Double Bass / Bass Guitar Tutor

David Howard - Accompanist and Piano Tutor

Jennifer Dyson - Flute Tutor

Thomas Hopkinson - Vocal Tutor

Duncan Reid - Violin Tutor

Jamie Wallace - Guitar Tutor

Graham South - Trumpet Tutor

Mike Cavanagh - Horn and Trombone Tutor

Rachel Abbott - Vocal Tutor

Joe Luckin - Drum Tutor

Adam Bowman - Clarinet Tutor

Richard Jones - Jazz Piano Tutor

Benjamin Pinto - Clarinet Tutor

Emily McArthur - Saxophone Tutor

Our (Virtual) events 2020 - 2021

Xaverian Summer Concert

Xaverian Christmas Concert

Young Musician of the Year Award

royal northern college of music masterclass

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