The timetable at Aysgarth provides for all boys to have the chance to have weekly musical instrument lessons. The staff who teach these lessons are visiting musicians and are exceptionally talented, committed and enthusiastic. You can read their biographies here. The music department is led by Director of Music, Mr. Matthew Atherton.
The music department places great importance on instrumental learning and ensemble performance. Playing an instrument is an ideal way to experience the enjoyment of music-making; it helps to develop many personal skills and disciplines, and through playing alongside other pupils it contributes to the development of social skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence and self-discipline.
The music at Aysgarth is outstanding with boys often winning awards to major Public Schools. The facilities include 8 practice rooms, 2 rehearsal rooms, a performing arts hall, a purpose built music classroom and chapel. A very high proportion of the boys at school play a musical instrument and are successful in external examinations. There are a number of instrumental and vocal ensembles, all of which attract high proportions of boys and ensembles and repertoire are tailored to suit the needs of current players.
The choirs reach a very high standard and are often invited to perform locally and further afield, including Ripon Cathedral, Chatsworth House and a number of Old Aysgarthian weddings and events.