Music Instrumental

At Blundell’s we seek to give our pupils musically challenging and rewarding experiences that set us apart from our competitors. 2016-17 saw a typical example of this, when our orchestral musicians worked alongside the London Chamber Orchestra for a whole academic year.

Please click below for an explanation of the project by the Director of Music, Dr Oliver Leaman, A Year with the London Chamber Orchestra.

The link below will take you to a compilation of the concert the LCO performed alongside our students in March.

YouTube Link: coming soon

 

Ensembles

There is an extraordinary array of opportunities to perform instrumentally at Blundell’s. There are two orchestras, big band, string orchestra, string groups and quartets, wind ensembles, brass ensembles and chamber music for all instruments. There is also the chance for students to organise their own music through the annual House Music Competition, which is always of an exceptionally high standard. There is also a School House [Year 7 & 8] House Music Festival.

Our instrumental ensembles are flourishing and have gained recent recognition for their advanced music making; the Senior and Junior String Ensembles won their classes at the Devon Performing Arts Festival, as did the Big Band and Saxophone Quintet. The saxophonists also made the semi-finals of the National Pro-Corda Chamber Music Competition. The School Orchestra continues to explore challenging and exciting repertoire, including recent performances of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Water Music Suite. This year we are working on Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

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Instrumental Lessons

Over half of the school take instrumental lessons with our highly skilled peripatetic staff and we have teachers who are concert performers, members of orchestras, and outstanding educators; our teachers include those who also teach for the National Children’s Orchestra and have performed on some of Europe’s most prestigious venues, including the Albert Hall, Concertgebouw, St John Smith’s Square, Carnegie Hall and Covent Garden.

More information about our Visiting Music Teachers can be found on our Staff page.

You can download a Music Lessons Request Form here. Please fill in and return to music@blundells.org or by post to the school.

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Scholarships

Blundell’s offers considerable scholarships and exhibitions to musical students. As well as financial assistance and free music lessons, Scholars receive a tailor-made programme to ensure that their individual musicality is stretched and enhanced to its maximum potential.

Recent Scholars include those studying at various Music Colleges, Choral and Organ Scholars at Oxbridge and those working with considerable success as professional musicians.

Please click here for further details or contact the Director of Music for further information.