We should say first of all that our school has produced two famous pop musicians and many other talented composers and musicians over time.Some of these include:.

Ian Dury was a pupil here (1954 - 1960) and his most famous hit was 'Hit me with your rhythm stick',which was performed with his band under the name 'Ian Dury and the Blockheads'

Howard Jones ( a pupil at our school 1967-1974) had several hits in the 80's, most notably 'What is Love'. Our German partners will be impressed that he can be seen on a recent DVD of a NENA concert, singing with Nena.

Richard Hickox was a world famous conductor and he died just a few weeks ago suddenly at the age of 53.

More recently Simon Kahn has become a popular beatbox artist, performing under the name 'Shlomo'. He has performed at Glastonbury Festival and was recently nominated for Grammy award.

Reading Festival:
Reading Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Reading, Berkshire, just 45 minutes by car from High Wycombe, England. The event takes place simultaneously on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The Reading Festival is the world's oldest popular music festival still in existence. The Reading Festival actually started as a jazz festival, but you would not realise that now. In the 1990’s the festival firmly established itself as the premier music festival for alternative/indie rock music not only in the UK, but also in the world. There have been many great performances given by a host of seminal acts over the years. Bands like Oasis, Blur, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Muse, Slipknot, Rage against the Machine and U2 have all played at the festival. In 1992, Nirvana, fronted by the late Kurt Cobain, performed their last ever UK gig as the Sunday night headline act. At the time of writing, the Reading Festival costs around £100 (= roughly €111) for the weekend and includes camping and parking facilities. A day pass costs around £40 (€44), which does not include camping facilities.


Music at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
RGS has had a long and distinguished tradition of music-making and a number of RGS musicians have had successful careers in music. The music department includes two studios, the ‘Queens Hall’, a large school hall and a Technology Room, enabling pupils to use new technologies and record their own music. The school also hosts seasonal concerts, where many young musicians from the school perform. The music department also performs during the annual school production and the sixth form leaver’s production. Lots more details on our website