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 pupils arriving in Old Grammar (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 pupils to excel in a number of fields.

Pupils 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 pupils can develop as soloists, whilst those 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. Pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils have appeared in operas at the ENO and ROH, and CLS 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 pupils 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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