Instrumental Music

For Instrumentalists, the opportunities to be involved in a variety of groups and ensembles are comprehensive. Pupils have a choice of performance opportunities, all of which represent a natural extension of the work which is done during individual instrumental lessons.

The Symphony Orchestra numbers around sixty players and is by invitation for those around Grade 6 and above. They usually tackle some pretty challenging repertoire, most recently Mendelssohn’s ‘Hebrides’ Overture and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Marche Slave’. For our very advanced players, we are able to promote concerto opportunities in our major concerts.

The Concert Band is a huge ensemble of pupils who are at around Grade 3 standard or above. It is a crucial cog in our wheel of musical development. Usually performing light music, the Concert Band gives our younger pupils the perfect opportunity to perform as part of a large group in very relaxed and supportive surroundings.

Chamber Music always features in our Spring and Autumn Concerts; recent performances have included Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Schubert’s Auf dem Strom, Popper’s Requiem for three cellos and piano, and an arrangement for two pianos of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens.