Music thrives at Reading Blue Coat School. Its young musicians and many of the staff are involved in numerous performances throughout the year, including the Grand Concert, a number of chamber concerts and recitals, a Jazz Cabaret, a Rock and Pop Concert, the Swing into Summertime outdoor concert, music festivals and an annual musical theatre production. Past musicals have included Oliver!, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and Grease.
More than a third of pupils learn instruments, and many of these pupils take part in our co-curricular programme. There are many ensembles for pupils to join: a 60-strong choir, Chamber and Treble choirs, Barbershop group, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Saxophone Group, Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band, Wind Band, Piano Trio, Brass Ensemble, Senior Brass Group and many rock and pop groups. Our visiting instrumental staff provide tuition on a wide range of orchestral instruments plus piano, organ, voice, guitar (classical, electric and bass) and drums, and pupils are regularly entered for Associated Board Exams.