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. 

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Our Performances (click on the links below to listen/watch)

O Holy Night – Christmas Carol Service at Canterbury Cathedral

First Movement Elgar’s Cello Concerto

Dambusters March by Eric Coates

Haydn Piano Concerto in D (1st Movement)

Vivaldi Magnificat

Year 13 A level Music students perform Maggie Baxter’s A level composition at the Painted Hall in Greenwich





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 Music

Monday  15.45:   Senior Orchestra (Grade 3+)    ERK  M1

Monday 15.45:   Brassies in partnership with Girl’s School  KB

Monday 19.00:   Langton Brass      DC  M1

Tuesday  12:20-13:00:  Year 7/8 String Quartet    ERK/LG

Tuesday 13:25-13:45:  KS3 Brass Quintet     LG

Tuesday 14:00-15:30:  Community Music and Well-Being Projects  ERK

Tuesday 15:45:   Record Label      RP  M4

Tuesday 15.45 : Junior Guitar Ensemble:     TC M2

Wednesday  12:45—1.25  Junior Singers (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)    RP/LG M1

Wednesday 15:45: Senior Strings (Yrs 10, 11 & VIth form)   RP M1

Wednesday 15:45:   Theory Club      LG  M4

Wednesday 17:00:   Langton Music Centre (Choir and Big Band)  LG

Thursday  12.20 — 1.00:  KS3 Orchestra (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)    LG  M1

Thursday  12.20 – 12.45:  Full Choir      ERK M1

Thursday  15:45:   Chamber Choir      ERK Tong. C

Thursday  15:45:   Jazz Band      SB  M1

Friday  13.20:   Girls Choir       ERK M1

Friday 12:20:  Senior String Quartet     ERK M1

Concert Calendar 2018/19

Tuesday 9th October 6pm – Freshly Squeezed KS3 Musicians (School Hall)

Tuesday 30th October 5pm – GCSE Composition Concert (School Hall)

Wednesday 31st October 1pm – Canterbury Festival Lunchtime Concert (Spiegeltent)

Marlowe Project – Return of the Unknown Soldier (Dover)

5th or 6th November – Dress rehearsal

8th-11th November – 6 separate performances

Thursday 22nd November 7pm (St. Peter’s Methodist)

School Concert – Orchestra, Choirs and Soloists

Date TBC November 7pm – Langton Live (School Hall)

30 November -2nd December – Chamber Choir Tour to Isle of Wight

Monday 3rd December – Langton Brass and Primary Schools Festival, City Schools (Gulbenkian)

Tuesday 4th December – Langton Brass and Primary Schools Festival, Rural Schools (Gulbenkian)

Friday 7th December 7:30pm – Carol Service (Canterbury Cathedral)


Saturday 12th January 6pm – Chamber Choir Candlelit Concert (St. Dunstan’s Church, Canterbury)

Date TBC January (All Day) – Joint Choirs Festival (Canterbury Cathedral)

Thursday 28th February, 1st March, 2nd March – Musical (School Hall)

Friday 15th March 7pm – Jazz Gig (Drama Studio)

Tuesday 19th March 5pm – A Level Mock Recitals 1/2 (School Hall)

Tuesday 26th March 5pm – A Level Mock Recitals 2/2 (School Hall)

Thursday 28th March 6pm – The Langton Piano Competition (School Hall)

Tuesday 2nd April 7pm – School Concert (School Hall)

Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April 7pm – A Level Recitals (School Hall)

May 2:30pm – Commemoration Service (Canterbury Cathedral)

Saturday 15th June – Joint Schools Gala Concert with SLGGS (Colyer Fergusson Hall)

Date TBC July – Langton Live (Amphitheatre)

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