Music at Clayesmore
The musical life of Clayesmore is immensely rich and varied and offers something to pupils of all musical interests. And they never want for opportunities to perform, whether individually, as a member of a small ensemble, or as a member of one of the school’s principal groups, such as the School Orchestra, Choral Society, Concert Band or Chapel Choir. There are lots of opportunities to perform, if you wish to, and students regularly take Grade 8 in one or more instruments. A number gain the ARSM diploma too. Less formally, you can take Trinity exams or just enjoy your music with your friends. We will help you arrange your practice times and for those learning two or more instruments can make adjustments to the timetable to help you manage your commitments. Click here to listen to some recordings of pupil performances.
Concerts take place almost weekly and there is at least one major concert each term. Some concerts will be small, intimate events which will be held in the beautiful reception rooms in the Main House, others will be bigger festivals, perhaps in the chapel or on the lawns in the summer. In addition, our musicians perform in venues in the local area. Groups have regularly performed overseas on tour in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Spain. The choir has also performed in Italy and was immensely privileged to be invited to sing Mass in St Mark’s Basilica, Venice.
We are very proud to say our musical events are of an astonishingly high standard and this, and the sheer variety of activity (everything from a full performance of Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas” to Handel’s “Messiah”, from the immensely popular House Music Competition to Battle of the Bands) is what characterises this enormously enriching aspect of our school life.
Concerts and master classes are also part of the programme. Events of this nature have included the world-renowned organist, David Briggs, baritone, Stephen Varcoe, the pianist Helen Yorke, concerts by percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the a capella vocal group and The Swingle Singers.