A reputation for exceptional music

CLS attracts gifted musicians who are continually impressed by the opportunities to perform choral, orchestral and chamber music at a high standard.

All boys arriving at Old Grammar (OG – Year 6) and First Form (Year 7) are given the opportunity to learn a new instrument. If they already play an instrument, they are expected to choose another orchestral instrument to learn. The programme of extra-curricular music fits snuggly around the academic and sporting life of the School, allowing boys to excel in a number of fields.

Boys are able to perform in public at every stage of their musical development and, importantly, performance in recitals is not restricted to the extremely talented. The most able boys can develop as soloists, whilst boys in the initial stages of learning an instrument can also be appreciated for their efforts. Participation at every level is what makes music at CLS so exciting.

Our performance spaces are outstanding and the department is generously resourced. Boys can benefit from our large programme of musical events, which includes visits to concerts, recitals and masterclasses, all within a stone’s throw of our central London location. The choristers of the Temple Church and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal are educated at CLS and the strong links with those choral foundations are very important. Many of the boys also study at the junior conservatoires and are members of orchestras such as the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. A number of boys have appeared in operas at the ENO and ROH, and City can also boast two winners of The BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, one of whom is now a Choral Scholar at Kings College, Cambridge.

The music department at CLS is vibrant and supportive, and gives boys the opportunity to excel, whatever their level.

Participation at every level is what makes Music at CLS so exciting.

Meet our Cello & Piano Teacher

George Hayburn has taught at the School since 1975
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Meet our Percussion Teacher

Matt McDonough: Drum teacher and closely involved with the CCF
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Meet our Trombone Teacher

Toby Gucklhorn also teaches Euphonium and Tuba...since 1988
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Recording Sting's 'Fragile' in a ledgendary setting

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The Levene Learning Centre

Our new Learning Centre
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Philosophy for Teaching and Learning

What makes CLS unique?
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Pupil Welfare

How we safeguard our boys' welfare
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Academic

Delivering more than just enviable results
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Music

An ambitious programme meets inspirational talent
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Art & Design

The creative heart of the School
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Drama

Outstanding performances delivered time and again
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Co-curricular

Enrichment for the pupils and for the School
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Partnership & Outreach

Working closely with others
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Charity

We raised over £58k for Farm Africa last year - this year it's Centrepoint
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School Video

Written, filmed and produced by the pupils
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