Co-curricular Music

Pembroke School supports a large practical performance programme consisting of orchestras, bands, choirs, chamber and contemporary ensembles. Music students enjoy an active and stimulating annual programme of concerts.

The School has a well-established choral tradition. In the Junior School, students may participate in the Songbirds Choir (boys and girls in Years 2 - 3), Cantabile Choir (girls in Years 4 - 6) and the Boys' Choir (boys in Years 4 - 6). In the Middle School, both boys and girls participate in the Pembroke Choir. The Pembroke Chamber Singers are an auditioned group and have toured nationally and internationally. From time to time, all choirs combine to perform selected repertoire at School Concerts and special events.

The Pembroke Concert Band is an ensemble of approximately forty wind, brass and percussion instruments. From within this group two Jazz Big Bands are formed. These bands attend a variety of festivals and competitions as well as perform with an artist in residence at the Jazz Cabaret.

Pembroke School has an extensive orchestral programme. The Pembroke Symphony Orchestra is a large ensemble, which performs works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The Pembroke String Orchestra is an advanced ensemble, performing works from the vast mainstream String Orchestra repertoire. The Pembroke Middle School Orchestra and the Junior School String Orchestra also have extensive rehearsal and performance programmes. At various times, one or more of these groups will rehearse and perform with professional chamber musicians.

Chamber music programmes provide additional opportunities for small group performances. These events include the Annual Showcase Concert, Jazz Cabaret, Chamber Music Soirées with invited guests and workshops, Recital Nights and 'Lessons and Carols' at the end of the School year. A school musical is produced on a biennial basis.

The Rock School provides an opportunity for students to experience song writing, playing, rehearsing and performing together in rock bands. Middle School Students (Years 7 - 10) participate in weekly rehearsals and perform, in Terms 2 and 4, in events that aim to create the exciting atmosphere of a real rock concert for student performers and audience. Senior School bands perform in Term 3 with a more varied range of acts including solo, duo and group acts. This programme is run in conjunction with the Contemporary Music classroom programme.