Within the Music department we are continually striving to provide students with a diverse number of options to help them develop their interest in music.


Currently we have a number of performing groups as follows:

Variety Concerts

These concerts held in Terms 1-3, showcase new and emerging talent at the school and are always a great evening’s entertainment for parents and the wider community.

Canteen Concert

This concert is held every second year to support St Bede’s and Marian Colleges Canteen Run for a Life Fundraising Campaign. Talented groups from both schools perform a variety of items over two nights.

Photos from the 2016 Concert.

Major Production

Bi-ennially we stage a Major Production with Marian College. Last year’s production was ‘Pippin’ led by old boys Tom Worthington (NASDA) and Matthew Everingham. Photos can be viewed here

Bedean Choir

Conducted by Helen Charlton, the Bedean Choir is made up of Year 9-13 students. They are committed to rehearse at least once a week and take part in school assemblies, variety concerts and the annual Secondary Schools Big Sing Competition.

Junior Choir

Auditioned in the first week of the school year, all Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Choir. Once selected, they are required to rehearse one form time a week towards performances and will be led by Helen Charlton and other talented senior singers from the College.


Orchestra rehearses once to twice a week depending if there is a performance they are required to do. They provide the accompaniment for many Masses, Liturgies and Assemblies at St Bede’s College. Participation in this group is an opportunity for the boys to get NCEA Credits in Group Performance.

St Bede’s students participate in the Combined Catholic Colleges school orchestra at Orchestra Fest.

Jazz Band

The College Jazz Band consists of a number of talented instrumentalists who enjoy performing jazz standards and other covers while exploring jazz improvisation. The College Jazz Band performs regularly at events such as variety shows, assemblies, prizegivings and has competed at the CPIT JazzQuest, previously gaining a silver award. This year Mr Stephen Nichols will direct the band.


A number of groups are formed while at St Bede’s, from Year 9 through to senior levels and including combinations involving other schools. These groups all have the opportunity to participate at Rockquest and rehearsal times are given so that each group gets a fair amount of time to perfect their performance. There is equipment available but students are encouraged to bring their own which can be secured at the school. Rockquest 2012 saw Year 13 students, Sean Stowers, Nathaniel Flynn and Jon Barakauskas and Maddy Berry from Marian College competing in the regional finals.

Michael Thwaites practices for a Rockquest performance


A new addition to the co-curricular activities, the group work towards the National Barbershop competition.

Barbershop Quartet Wins Regional Competition
Congratulations to The Buzzcuts, the College’s barbershop quartet, which won the regional competition 2014 at Rangi Ruru College. Newly formed this year, the quartet comprises Will Foubister (Year 13), George Berry (Year 12), Maui Brennan and Tim Maguire (Year 11). The group progresses through to the national finals in Wellington in August.

Lighting and Sound Club (XLR CLUB)

This volunteer group of boys are trained in Sound and Lighting. They then set up and run all technical requirements for assemblies, liturgies, masses, musicals and variety concerts. There is also the opportunity for them to gain extra credits by completing a Unit Standard in Sound Engineering which is marked by an external moderator.