All girls from Year 7 to Year 9 receive one hour of class-based music teaching each week as part of an enquiry based curriculum. In these sessions we aim to give girls a secure grounding in the skills of listening, analysis and composition that they will need if they decide to opt for Music GCSE in Year 10. The appraising of a wide variety of music is balanced with the development of the girls’ skills as performers and composers.

Full Details on Music at Benenden

Head of Department

Edward Whiting

Edward Whiting was appointed Director of Music at Benenden in September 2012. Beyond his teaching commitments, he directs several choirs and the orchestra, and leads the busy programme of concerts and other musical activities.



Teaching Staff

  • Mr E Whiting, MA (Oxon), ARCO
  • Mr J Fitzgerald, BA (Bristol), PGCE (Bath)
  • Mrs S Lamberton, BA (Wales)
  • Mrs V Lewis, ARCM, (Piano/Cello), DipRCM
  • Mrs J Crouch
  • *Mrs K Barton-Holman, DipTCL, LTCL (Trinity)
  • *Ms C Biss, BMus (RCM), MMus (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
  • *Ms K Brooks, BMus (RCM), LRSM (ABRCM), ATCL (Trinity)
  • *Mrs L Bursey Faulkner, BMus LRSM (ABRCM)
  • *Mr S Chapman, ALCM, LLCMTO, TD (Guitar)
  • *Mrs A Coatesworth, ABRSM, BA (Pretoria), MA (Pretoria) PhD (RCM)
  • *Mrs K Fish, LTCL, Dip TCL (Clarinet/Saxophone)
  • *Ms S Graham, GRSM, LRAM, DipRAM (Singing)
  • *Mr M D Hines, AGSM (Bassoon/Piano/Keyboard, HFYO Orchestral Manager and Wind Tutor)
  • *Mr D M Manente, BMus, PGDip (Violin/Viola)
  • *Mrs H Manente, BMus, MMus (RCM) (Flute)
  • *Ms S Pattinson (HFYO Strings Tutor), BMus (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • *Mrs L Pont, LTCL, MA (Music therapy) (Singing)
  • *Mrs S Purton, LRAM (Oboe/Piano)
  • *Ms H Ramsay, BMus (Glasgow) PGCert (GSMD) (Piano)
  • *Ms E J Roberts, GRNCM, PPRNCM, PDOT(GSMD) (Brass)
  • *Ms I Sellschop, LRAM (HFYO Strings Tutor)
  • *Mrs J M Tilt, GGSM LRAM (Singing)
  • *Mrs C Toogood, MMus (Perf) (RNCM), PGDip, B.Mus  (Singing)
  • *Mr M Williams, BMus (Dunelm) GRSM, HonLCM, FRCO, ARCM (Piano/Organ)
  • *Ms A Wynne, BA (Birmingham), MMus (Leeds) (Harp) 

Photo Gallery

Music Pieces