The music faculty plays a vibrant part in the life at Helena Romanes School. Music in KS3 is compulsory and thereafter students can opt to take GCSE and A Level music. We have a number of visiting instrumental teachers who teach a variety of instruments ranging from strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. If your child wishes to learn a musical instrument, please see the letter below for more information or contact the school office.

Our clubs include a small school orchestra, choir, guitar ensemble, brass ensemble, keyboards, woodwind ensemble and a string group. We also have theory and coursework clinics, and offer opportunities to students wishing to obtain grades in their instrument to be entered for exams with ABRSM.

As well as the extra-curricular musical activities, performance is also a key element within the subject. Every year there is an evening summer, Christmas and Easter concert as well as lunch-time concerts at the end of each half-term. At the start of each year a Battle of the Bands competition is staged, and we regularly join with the Drama and Dance Departments in producing a Musical and Performing Arts Showcase. Music students form the band for this performing arts showcase through a live performance.

Finally, there are organised music educational trips in order to enhance the students’ learning

Staff Names Staff  Titles
Mr Charalambous Head of Faculty / Strings
Mr Oakley Piano / Woodwind
Mr Pollard Guitar
Mr Stewart Music Technician


Music Faculty

Lunchtime concert Feb 2014 Music trip to Birmingham Conservatoire 2014 Battle of the Bands Music students 2014 Music for Youth performance at the Royal Albert Hall, 2013 Music workshops for primary school pupils Music workshops for primary school pupils Music students play at fundraising event for Farleigh Hospice Livewire music workshop at HRS Livewire music workshop at HRS 2013 Music students Music students visit local Primary School