King Edward's Music

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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.

Performers’ Platform – Tuesday 27th September

Our Performers’ Platform series kicked off this Tuesday with performances of repertoire by Gershwin, Capuzzi, and Britten. Also, a newly formed wind octet, consisting of players from both KES and KEHS, played a lovely rendition of Beethoven’s Rondino in E flat major for wind octet.

Music at King Edward's School Birmingham and King Edward VI High School for Girls Birmingham

Performers’ Platform – Tuesday 27th September 2022

Music Calendar 2022/23

Summer Jazz Concert

The Senior Swing Band, along with some guest musicians and student-led small ensembles, put on an excellent show on Sunday 19th June for our annual Summer Jazz Concert. Repertoire included classic jazz standards such as Duke Ellington’s ‘In A Sentimental Mood’, and film favourites such as the theme tune to ‘Mission Impossible’. It was fantastic to see how the jazz scene amongst the students is growing under the leadership of drummer Gary Hill and jazz pianist Joe Thompson.

This Is Our Voice

On Friday 17th June, we welcomed five local primary schools to the Ruddock Hall as part of an outreach programme to develop their choirs and help them to teach music and songwriting. Around 150 primary school children took part in the event, which saw them showcasing their self-composed pieces which they had been working on for six months. Thank you to the students who volunteered their time to help the children around and to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

This Is Our Voice – Friday 17 June

Summer Jazz Concert – Sunday 19th June

The Senior Swing Band hosts another summer’s evening of jazz, featuring soloists from both schools and professional guest musicians including Joe Thompson.

After the hiatus of the pandemic it is great to return, with a thriving Swing Band under the inspired leadership of Gary Hill.

Old Edwardian, Joe has been a regular in London clubs for more years than he cares to remember, as well as being resident pianist at the world famous Ivy Club, and TV appearances. He has a number of high profile clients to his name, including royalty, all of whom are willing to vouch for his musicianship!

We are lucky enough to have him providing his services to the school on a more regular basis these days and it’s no surprise that small-group jazz, and jazz piano are thriving under his remarkable stewardship.

Tickets are available on the Ruddock Hall website at:

Stay tuned to also hear about our upcoming Jazz Instrumental Evening, happening on Monday 27th June!