Bands and Orchestras

There are three large Senior School ensembles:

  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra
  • Big Band

In addition, there is an award-winning Brass Ensemble which is run by the School’s visiting Brass Tutor.

Other smaller ensemble groups meet, such as the:

  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Trombone Ensemble
  • Flute Ensembles
  • Folk Band
  • Guitar Ensemble 
  • Ukulele Club

Students who receive instrumental tuition, both within School and externally, are encouraged to join one or more groups as soon as they are able as this is an important aspect of their musical development. 


Senior Choir

Senior Choir is a mixed voice choir that includes students and staff and membership is open to all without audition. Rehearsals take place once a week. As well as promoting the joy of singing, the mixed choir prepares a repertoire for School concerts and has also taken part in concerts in the Philharmonic Hall, both in its own right and as part of the larger chorus.

Chapel Choir

The School’s Chapel Choir is perhaps unique amongst independent day schools. Choristers perform what is essentially a cathedral repertoire. The Chapel Choir community is an enjoyable part of School life withtrips, visits and performances, where students from Prep, Seniors and the Sixth Form perform together as musical equals.


A limited number of Music Scholarships are available at Senior School entry level for particularly promising young musicians, and may also be awarded higher up the School.

In addition, there is an Organ Scholarship available, usually but not exclusively, at Sixth Form level. Instrumental Music Awards are also available for those students wishing to study ‘shortage’ instruments such as cello, bassoon or horn.

Music News

Little School and Pre-Prep Birkonian Week Celebrations

Little School and Pre-Prep Birkonian Week Celebrations

One of the many highlights of Birkonian week was watching our youngest pupils taking to the stage in the Little School Summer Concert and the Pre-Prep Celebration Assembly. We hope you enjoy viewing some of the edited highlights from the events here:

Christmas: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Christmas: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

The annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is a highlight in the School's calendar and sees the Chapel Choir perform by candlelight to the congregation.

Christmas Concert 2018

Christmas Concert 2018

The annual Christmas Concert was held on Thursday 13th December.  It was a fantastic evening that delighted everyone who attended and was a great celebration of music with performances from the whole School community.