The Edred Wright Music School occupies the former Grange House, built in 1900 and converted to a magnificent facility in 2009. Offering a wide range of facilities, in a setting that perfectly befits our architectural and spiritual environment, the building is bursting with music from every corner. The Music School is named after Edred Wright, Director of Music from 1958 – 79 and widely recognised for bringing The King’s School to the forefront of musical education.
We are privileged to live and work in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral and all of our school services and many of our concerts are staged in different areas of this magnificent building. Additionally, the school’s own 820 capacity Shirley Hall is renowned for its striking design and excellent acoustics, and two additional recital rooms, the Peter Stone Room and the Old Synagogue, provide fine additional spaces for informal concerts, exams and auditions. In 2016 the school took delivery of four new Steinway grand pianos: A concert model D for the Shirley Hall, model Bs for the Peter Stone Room and Old Synagogue and a model A for the Lock Song School. There is also a Yamaha C7 in the Shirley Hall and all practice rooms are equipped with modern Yamaha P121s.
Academic teaching spaces include three classrooms, two of which are equipped with suites of Apple based workstations. The seminar room, listening facilities is regularly used for A level teaching and independent study. The Music School maintains large CD and sheet music libraries, as well as offering online subscriptions to popular and important reference and listening resources.
In the basement of the Music School is a professionally equipped recording studio. With three separate working areas and links to the Peter Stone Room and the Shirley Hall the studio can be used to produce recordings of all type of music and from several locations. A comprehensive selection of microphones and a carefully selected collection of outboard and plug-ins means that pupils have access to a truly industry standard resource. The main ‘Live Room’ also doubles as a rehearsal space for rock and pop musicians, equipped with its own PA and instruments.