Music

Nottingham High School

Nottingham High School has a well-deserved national reputation for the high standards of its music-making.  

Music is central to the life of the school and many students perform in the wide range of ensembles and choirs on offer. The Department runs more than 30 weekly activities covering the full range of ability levels and musical genres. They encompass the large scale ensembles such as Lower School Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band and Big Band through to barbershop choirs, chamber ensembles and jazz groups.

We host more than 40 events a year including the annual Autumn and Summer Concerts, which involve more than a quarter of the school, through to smaller scale events such as our informal series of teatime concerts and lunchtime recitals.  

The department regularly performs in prestigious venues across the UK and overseas. Recent tours have included a Concert Band tour to the Rhineland, a Big Band and Barbershop tour to Chicago and a Lower School Music Tour to Paris.

The Music Department participates in major music competitions such as the National Concert Band Festival, Music for Youth Festival and Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival and have achieved top awards in all these competitions. In recent years both the Saxophone Quartet and Trombone Quartet have been named as Pro Corda Chamber Champions performing at the Wigmore Hall and Leeds International Festival.

A large number of our students have individual music lessons on an instrument or in singing and the department is proud of its excellent team of Visiting Music Teachers who offer tuition in the full range of instruments.  They not only provide tuition but are also involved in running ensembles and enriching the co-curricular programme.

The extensive cultural experiences pupils encounter in art, DT and music are a defining part of school life. ISI Report 2011

The department runs a masterclass programme to help its gifted and talented musicians, inviting many of Europe’s leading musicians and ensembles to give free lunchtime recitals and work with our students. Recent visitors have included the clarinettist, Michael Collins, trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins, the Wihan String Quartet, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leonore Piano Trio. In addition, we have started a three year partnership with the internationally renowned Villiers String Quartet, who have become the School’s ensemble in residence.  

As part of their residency they offer chamber coaching, masterclasses in solo performing, give recitals and work with our composers and students of all ages from the 

Infant School through to the Sixth Form.Nottingham High School is proud of its musical alumni who include the internationally renowned conductors, Sir Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Andrew Massey as well as cellist Richard May and Jazz saxophonist, Julian Siegel.

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