Welcome to the Langton Music Department

The music department at Langton Boys is a vibrant, hardworking and exciting place to be. We strive for excellence in all that we do and expect our students to do the same. Musicians that integrate themselves into the department are provided with a solid basis for further musical studies and many fun and fantastic performance opportunities. Whilst preparing our students for some of the top universities in the country and building their skills for a career in teaching or performance, we are keen to dispel the myth that music training will only provide limited job prospects, and wish to open our student’s minds to the growing opportunities for alternative careers in music.

About the Department

Along with the four members of teaching staff, there are over 20 instrumental teachers working in the department on a weekly basis.  We feel that it is of great benefit to our students to be taught by professional performers and academics, providing them with solid role models to aspire to.  All of the teachers perform alongside the students as part of our extensive concert calendar.  We like to offer our students the opportunity to tackle challenging repertoire, including recent performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor and Saint Saen’s Carnival of the Animals by our school orchestra, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Rossini’s Petiite Messe Solennelle with our main school choir and a production of The Pirates of Penzance with the school orchestra and all student cast.  We have recently performed Britten’s Noyes Fludde in conjunction with Chartham Primary School.  The Chamber Choir are proud to have performed evensong in Canterbury Cathedral and have sung for the annual conference for the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP).  Many of our students further their musical studies at university and we are proud to have helped several students gain places at top institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. 

Useful Links:

Our Performances (click on the links below to listen)

Haydn Piano Concerto in D (1st Movement)

Vivaldi Magnificat




Emily Renshaw-Kidd

Director of Music at the Langton

Emily leads a vibrant department of curricular and extra-curricular music at The Langton.  Alongside her career as a teacher and professional singer, Emily also conducts a wide range of choral and orchestral ensembles.  Currently holding the post, Director of Canterbury Cantata, Emily has directed large-scale works with various choirs around the South East.  Emily also leads various community singing groups, focusing on music as a form of improving both physical and mental health, whilst caring for each other emilyrenshaw.co.uk

Lucy Gove

Song Centre Co-cordinator and Music Teacher at the Langton

Lucy teaches music at both the Langton Boys and Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School.  With over 15 years experience as a Primary Music Specialist, Lucy is passionate about offering enrichment opportunities to local Canterbury schools.  Lucy has taught at Canterbury Christ Church University and Kent Music.  She particularly loves popular music, jazz and musical theatre and she sings with a 1940s band in her spare time.

Richard Navarro-Pollott

Music Teacher at the Langton Singer/Song-writer

As well as teaching music at The Langton, Richard is a modern folk singer and songwriter.  He tours with musical greats such as Joan Armatrading and his work is played on BBC Radio 6 music as well as Radio 2.  Richard takes the folk traditions of melody and storytelling and supercharges them through live looping and improvisation.

Dr. Sam Bailey

Music Teacher at the Langton and Improvisation Specialist

Sam Bailey is an improvising pianist and composer equally at home in the world of contemporary music or jazz. Sam has a PhD in improvised music and runs a successful series of weekly improvised and experimental music, film and poetry events called Free Range.www.sambailey.space

Kim Collman

Music Administrator

Kim’s official role is the Arts Event Manager and Administrator, but she also runs a very successful Arts Awards programme. As an experienced Jazz singer she encourages students to try different genres of music and provides them with the opportunity to play in a range of small ensembles.

Music and Health

The department has an enthusiastic and meaningful interest in the benefits of music on physical and mental wellbeing. Following a wonderful 3-day festival in 2016, the department is continuing to develop and run projects involving the community as part of the Langton Song Centre. Some of these projects include, The Butterfly Machine (working with the RNIB to help visually impaired people experience visual arts through music), the Skylark’s Sing to Beat Parkinson’s project and the Melody for Me project (working with dementia patients to help restore memories through music). Involvement in these projects is open to all of our students; it is our aim to help build a strong sense of altruism in our ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’.

Extra Curricular Groups
Junior Strings (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)
Junior Singers (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)
Junior Wind Band (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)
Senior Strings (Yrs 10, 11, 12 and 13)
Langton Brass
Record Label
Guitar Ensemble (Classical)
Guitar Ensemble (Popular)
Year KS3 House Music
KS4 Performance Practice
Junior Sax Ensemble
Langton Choir for Girls
Theory Clinic
Full Choir
Chamber Choir
String Quartet
Langton Contemporary Voices
Concert Calendar 2017/18
Langton Boys perform for Canterbury Music ClubThursday 21st September 7:30pm
Canterbury Festival Lunchtime Concert (Spiegeltent)Tuesday 10th October 6pm
GCSE Composition Concert (School Hall)Tuesday 7th November 5pm
(St. Peter’s Methodist)
School Concert - Orchestra, Choirs and Soloists
Thursday 16th November 7pm
Langton Live (School Hall)Wednesday 22nd November 7pm
Chamber Choir Tour to Isle of Wight1-3rd December
Carol Service (Canterbury Cathedral)Thursday 7th December 7:30pm
Chamber Choir Candlelit Concert (St. Dunstan’s Church, Canterbury)Saturday 13th January 6pm
Joint Choirs Festival (Canterbury Cathedral)Thursday 18th January (All Day)
Noyes Fludde – Britten at St Mary's CharthamThursday 22nd February 2 pm and 6pm
A Level Mock Recitals (School Hall)Tuesday 20th March 5pm
School Concert (School Hall)Tuesday 27th March 7pm
A Level Recitals (School Hall)Tuesday 27th April 7pm
Commemoration Service (Canterbury Cathedral)Wednesday 9th May 2:30pm
Revisit Music and Health Projects in mini Langton Festival of Music and Health (School Hall)Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July
Langton Live (Amphitheatre)Wednesday 18th July
Dates and times may be subject to change; any alterations will be given via the Friday email. There will also be additional performances throughout the year, as and when opportunities arise.

Your concert last night was nothing less than superb. We marvelled at the professional enthusiasm and joy, which was apparent in all the performances.  The standard was exceptional. Most of all it was clear that all your musicians were valued and appreciated which does you and your fantastic team credit

Parent Feedback

The staff are taking the music department in a direction which will ensure the importance of music in young people's lives, both promoting the school and its balanced view of learning and promulgating the caring community which is the hallmark of the Langton institution.

Professor Grenville Hancox MBE