Extra-curricular music

The music department has a broad, inclusive and aspirational extra-curricular programme. Our ensembles cater for instrumentalists of all abilities. Most of our groups and choirs are non-auditioned and repertoire is programmed and arranged to suit the needs and experience of the player or singer.

The chamber orchestra, chamber choir and big band require an audition or for students to have achieved a minimum grade (or equivalent standard) to gain entry. This allows for flagship ensembles/choirs to not only develop the skills of our most advanced musicians but to serve as something to which younger musicians can aspire.

All groups perform regularly in school concerts. The choirs perform at the school carol service and commemoration service and the big band is regularly invited to play at festivals and community events around North Yorkshire. The chamber choir regularly sings Evensong at Ripon Cathedral and have been invited to perform with the cathedral choir on several occasions.

We strongly believe that standards matter. No matter the repertoire or the experience of the musician we encourage them to give the very best of themselves. Students thrive on being challenged and the fruits of their labour are more richly savoured. Our department calendar (link) shows the significant number and variety of events we stage or take part in over the year. With only one half hour rehearsal a week, regular attendance from students is very important. Early lunch passes are available to all students who take part in a lunchtime rehearsal.


Before School Lunch MU1 Lunch MU2 After School
MONDAY Junior Man Choir (1st & 2nd) Guitar Ensemble (All years) Mrs Morpeth Theory 4-5pm
TUESDAY Senior Girls’ Choir (4th – U6) Mr Seymour Practice Slot Big Band MU1 4-5pm
WEDNESDAY Brass Ensemble (All years) Mr Highton Wind Band (All years) Music Technology Club Mr Seymour (All years) Music Theory and Exam Support Mr Seymour Jazz Trio+
THURSDAY Chamber Orchestra Mr Seymour Junior String Ensemble Miss Stables Chamber Choir MU1 4-5pm
FRIDAY Musicality (1st – 3rd) Mrs Morpeth Man Choir (3rd to U6) Mr Seymour

Instrumental Tuition

As part of the music provision we offer tuition on a wide variety of instruments. Lessons are taught during the school day and instrumental timetables are on a rotation system to ensure the same lesson is not missed each week. Sixth form student are allowed to opt for a fixed lesson during free periods. Please see the list below of instruments on which tuition is available. A sign-up sheet can be downloaded here (link)


Voice (popular/musical theatre/classical)





Guitar (acoustic/ electric/classical/bass)









Tenor Horn


French Horn

Kit and Orchestral Percussion

The school possesses a number of instruments available for loan to students having lessons in school. More details can be obtained from the Director of Music