The College very much values the imagination and character that make each person an individual, and its Arts programme has been structured to encourage self-expression and confidence. Music plays a pivotal role in this philosophy. All Lower School pupils have access to a weekly music lesson and can opt to take additional music tuition in the instrument of their choice.

A typical Ellesmere music season sees at least three major concerts, a choral or instrumental tour, and Recitals given by leading international musicians, often on the unique Schulze Organ.

In addition there are Band Nights and numerous informal Concerts. All pupils are exposed to music - be it in Wednesday Assemblies when pupils perform as soloists or in small ensembles in front of the whole School, or in the very competitive House Singing competition. As a church school, Ellesmere delivers the added benefit of the Chapel Choir singing at Chapel Services.

We understand that everyone discovers and enjoys music in many different forms, and its approach and broad musical foundation allows all pupils to explore their potential and express themselves through music. Our individual tutoring and performance programmes also mean that we can extend the most able pupils as far as their talent can take them - which in many cases have been on to higher level qualifications, music study and careers.

This same philosophy exists in Lower School, where the boys and girls have access not only to their own full time music staff who specialise with the younger years, but also to the facilities and staff of the Senior School.


The Ensembles

The Venues

The Music

Chapel Choir
Lower School Choir
Choral Society
Scholars' Ensemble Orchestra
Rhythm & Blues Band
Rock Bands
Sax Group
Brass Group

Westminster Abbey

St John's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta
Barcelona Cathedral, Spain
Desenzano Cathedral, Lake Garda

Carmen Suite
Pomp and Circumstance March no.1
Parry's 'I was glad'
Blest Pair of Sirens
The Creation
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Three-Penny Opera
The Incredibles
Aztec Fire
Pirates of the Caribbean