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.  Course information can be viewed in the  Curriculum Handbook.

Variety Concerts

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

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Major Production

Bi-ennially we stage a Major Production with Marian College. 


Bedean Choir

The St Bede’s Senior Choir is directed by Mrs Helen Charlton and is made up of senior students from Year 11 to 13. They rehearse weekly and perform in college Variety Concerts and Prizegivings. In the community they join the Chapel Choir at St Mary’s ProCathedral for the annual Widor Mass and have also performed at the Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village. They compete annually in the Big Sing Competition and have collaborated with Marian College on combined items for Charity Concerts and showcase evenings.

Junior Choir

Auditioned in the first week of the school year, all Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Choir which is directed by Mrs Helen Charlton. Once selected, they rehearse weekly in preparation for the Big Sing Competition in the Christchurch Town Hall and performances in the College Variety Concerts.

Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra rehearses weekly in preparation for performances at the college including; Variety Concerts, Performance Evenings and functions like the Willows Cricket Dinner. Many of the members also play liturgical music at college masses and the weekly Benedictions.

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 the Jazz Band will be directed by Mr Julian O’Brien.


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. 

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.

St Bede's College student singing
St Bede's College students playing wind instruments
St Bede's College student playing keyboard and singing into a mike