A reputation for exceptional music

City of London School benefits from its unique location and outstanding connections to musical partners and institutions across the City. Alongside its outstanding provision for pupils of all musical ability, the Music department works closely with City of London School for Girls, London Handel Festival, St Paul’s Cathedral, National Schools Symphony Orchestra, Trinity College and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The department hosts regular lunchtime and evening recitals, both in school and in prestigious venues across the City. Please see thumbnail below for this year’s concert schedule.

Whatever your child’s level of ability or musical interest, they will find an ensemble in which to flourish.


Music scholarships are available at normal entry points. Music Scholars receive credit equivalent to the value of two individual music lessons per week. They are encouraged to take lessons in school but have the option to continue with their current external instrument teacher.

Music scholars are expected to contribute to the musical life of the school, are given regular opportunities to perform as soloists and receive regular coaching in the music department.

Music scholars are required to study music in Third Form (year 9) and must also take GCSE Music.

Current ensembles

  • First Orchestra, Second Orchestra
  • Senior Strings, Junior Strings, Foundation Strings
  • Chamber Choir, Joint Chamber Choir with CLSG, Close Harmony
  • Jazz Orchestra, Swing Band, Saxophone Group, Folk Group


A-Level: AQA – Baroque Concerto, Mozart Operas, 19th Century Piano Music, Music for Media, Jazz, Recital and Composition. In 2023, 100% of A-Level music pupils achieved A*-B, with significant numbers progressing to a wide range of competitive Higher Education courses.

iGCSE: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, Minimalism, Neo-Classicism, Jazz and World Music, solo performance, ensemble performance, composition. In 2023, 89% of music IGCSE pupils achieved 9-7.

KS3: London Landmarks, Music for Stage and Screen, Music and Identity, Introduction to Classical, Pop song arrangements, whole class performances, composition

Orchestra for All: All pupils in year 6 and First Form (year 7) receive free tuition on an orchestral instrument for the Autumn and Spring term. After a demo lesson, pupils choose which instrument they will study for that year and lessons take place during one of the weekly academic music lessons, so pupils do not miss other subjects. This work culminates in a class orchestral performance and pupils are encouraged to continue their instrumental studies the following year.

Recent Highlights

  • Raising the Roof: Wren 300 Celebrations in St Paul’s Cathedral and Guildhall
  • Annual Carol Service at Temple Church
  • Music from the Movies: John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone
  • RachmaninovPiano Concerto No 2; Saint-Saëns: Requiem; Beethoven: Symphony No 5
  • International Women’s Day: Natalie Williams, Marie Dahlstrom – Live Lounge Events
  • Jazz Orchestra at Spring Soirée

If music is an important part of your child’s life, then CLS will be the perfect place to support them in their ambitions.

Our child got so much out of the brass group and orchestras - you are an exceptional department and brilliantly organised - and you have fostered a life-long love of music for them.

CLS parent

CLS Concert Schedule 2024-25

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