Choral and Chapel Music

At Rugby School we love to sing.

Due to the long established tradition of music making in Chapel and the fact that over 130 pupils take singing lessons, it’s not surprising that choral music is particularly strong.

Rugby School is particularly well placed to cater for former cathedral and collegiate choristers who aspire to university organ and choral scholarships. Music in Chapel is led by Richard Tanner, a former Cathedral Director of Music. The Chapel Choir’s Vocal Coach is Nigel Beavan, who was formerly The Senior Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral and singing teacher to Choral Scholars at King’s College and St John’s College Cambridge.  

Performing in public each week, the Chapel Choir plays a central role in the life of Rugby School. It comprises about seventy auditioned singers and sings weekly at Sunday Chapel as well as at major occasions such as Christmas Carol Services.  

The Arnold Singers is a Chamber Choir, a small group of Rugby School’s best singers. They perform a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music. The choir gives regular concerts, sings Choral Evensong in Cathedrals and has broadcast for the BBC.  

Conducted by Richard Tanner, The Choral Society includes anyone who likes to sing. It meets on Tuesday evenings in the Lent Term to rehearse and perform large-scale choral works with orchestra and professional soloists. Pupils perform alongside parents, teachers, friends and members of the local community.  

New members are always welcome. No previous experience is necessary, and interested singers just need to attend the first rehearsal. Details of the first January rehearsal each year are published towards the end of each year.