King Edward's Music

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

Planets: the winner

This is Planets, the winner of this year’s King Edward’s School Clef Club Composition Competition.

It’s composed by Max Walsh, of the Fourths, who responded to Rahul Sharma and Ke Chen Yu’s challenge to look ‘into the unknown …’

Max has also recorded the piece:

Many congratulations to this excellent young composer, and to all who entered the competition.

KES Carol Service 2022

The end of last term saw the first Carol Service since the pandemic. We were thrilled to be able to return to Birmingham Cathedral where KES Choir sung traditional Christmas carols and songs including Betelehemu, a traditional Nigerian song, and John Rutter’s arrangement of Sans Day Carol. It was a beautiful atmosphere enjoyed by a large congregation. Well done to everyone in KES Choir, the brass ensemble, the percussion ensemble, and the readers. Thank you to Canon Andy and everyone at Birmingham Cathedral for making us welcome.

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Christmas Concerts

On Sunday 11th and Monday 12th December last term, pupils from KES and KEHS performed three marvellous concerts in the Ruddock Hall Performing Arts Centre. 11 music ensembles from across both schools performed repertoire spanning from Beethoven’s Symphony no.8 and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, to jazzy Christmas numbers such as Jingle Bell Rock! Well done to all who performed.

Drum Kit and Percussion Instrumental Evening – Monday 5th December

Yesterday evening, our drummers and percussionists took to the Ruddock Hall to perform in our Instrumental Evening. The Percussion Ensemble kicked off the concert, which was then followed by soloists and the Jazz Trio. Well done to all those who participated!

A visit to Hallfield School

Yesterday, our Fourths String Quartet visited Hallfield School. They played for the Hallfield pupils, and accompanied them in their orchestra during their school concert. Well done to the boys involved!

Concert Party – Friday 25th November

As part of our Friday afternoon activities, some of our students visit local primary schools to perform and showcase their instruments to the children. We name the activity ‘Concert Party’. Here are some photos from our visit to St Laurence Church Junior School last Friday 25th November. Thank you to Mr Ash for the photos, and for the KES/KEHS Partnerships team for organising the Concert Party visits!


Friday’s Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall

Well done to all those who performed in last Friday’s Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall! Thank you to Mr Ash for the photos.

The Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall – Friday 18th November

Below is this Friday’s programme for our annual Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramhall Music Building at the University of Birmingham. It is a non-ticketed event, and is free admission. All are welcome.

Performers’ Platform – Tuesday 8th November


Lunchtime Recital – Thursday 14th October

Photos from our Lunchtime Recital which included repertoire by Chopin, Ysaÿe, and Mozart. Well done to everyone who performed, and thank you to David Ash for the photos.

Lunchtime Recital – Thursday 13 October

The programme for tomorrow’s Lunchtime Recital happening at 13:10 in the Ruddock Hall.

Instrumental Evening Monday 10th October

The first Instrumental Evening of the term featured pianists, vocalists, and an organist from both King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls. Instrumental Evenings are informal concerts, where all are invited to sign up to take part.


The Shells’ Recital 2022

Yesterday evening, the new Shell pupils had the opportunity to show us their musical accomplishments performing at the Shells’ Recital.

The Shells’ Recital happens annually, and is a great introduction to the array of performance opportunities which they will be able to get involved in throughout their time at KES. The boys played a variety of pieces on a variety of instruments; from the piano, to the cello, to the Indian flute.