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 Barbershop choirs, Orchestra, Stompers, Swing Band, Junior Jazz, Saxophone Quartet, Wind Group, String 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.



Blue-Coat-Busker201x150Blue Coat Busker is Blue Coat’s music performance website. It serves the dual purpose of providing a stage on which our young musicians are able to perform, and raising money to support good causes operating within our community.

We are sure you will find something to enjoy according to your taste in music. Simply click on the button to view a selection of more than 30 great musical performances from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Classical, and featuring solos, groups and ensembles.