The School works hard at getting as many pupils as possible to work with others in a small ensemble, in order to understand the beauty and the challenges of chamber music.
s part of GCSE, A Level and IB study, every pupil involved in academic music is encouraged to set up a trio, quartet or quintet — and several lunchtime slots in the School calendar are cleared to enable these groups to meet, practise and develop their musical ideas. At present, these groups include everything from a violin duo to a wind sextet, from a string quartet to a piano trio.
Other pupils from Fourth Form and upwards are also encouraged to join the chamber music programme. There are ample opportunities to perform in these, and in solos which are in progress, as part of our ‘Friday at Five’ concerts. These are kept very informal indeed, with pupils quietly supporting one another in pieces of grade 1 to 8, Shell to Upper Sixth performers, and every style from classical to pop, jazz to folk.