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Co-Curricular Music


“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” J.M. Barrie

At Halliford School, we are proud of our aim to make every student the best version of themselves that they can possibly be, and this is never more true than it is in Music. We pride ourselves on embracing all styles of Music and support every student in developing their own unique musical voice, whatever that might be. To facilitate this, we enjoy running a very active co-curricular timetable and concert calendar, as outlined below:


The ensembles running for the academic year 2023-2024 are as follows:


  • Year 7 Choir
  • Chamber Choir


  • Orchestra
  • String Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Barbershop

Rock Bands

  • Year 7 Rock Band
  • Year 8/9 Rock Band
  • Year 10/11 Rock Band
  • Year 12 Rock Band
  • Senior Rock Band


  • Music Theory Club
  • Music Technology Club

This list can be subject to change as we pride ourselves on following the needs of our pupils and adapting accordingly when necessary.

Co-curricular Clubs

Instrumental Tuition

Tuition is offered in the following instruments:

  • Voice (all styles)
  • Piano (all styles)
  • Strings (to include violin, viola, cello and double bass)
  • Woodwind (to include flute, clarinet and saxophone)
  • Brass (to include cornet, trumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone, euphonium and tuba)
  • Guitar (to include classical, acoustic, electric, bass and ukulele)
  • Drums (to include percussion)

Students taking graded examinations may do so with ABRSM, Trinity or Rock School, or may opt not to follow the exam route. Our department staff all give generously of their time and support students with their studies outside of the classroom and extra-curricular time.

If you are interested in your son or daughter learning an instrument, please contact our Co-ordinator of Instrumental Tuition, Mrs Helen Head by email:

Please view and download the application form and information document here:

Concert Calendar

Below is a list outlining our regular annual events:

Autumn Term

  • Inter-House Singing Competition
  • Winter Concert
  • School and Parent Carol Services
  • Community Carol Concerts
  • Lunchtime Concerts
  • Evening Concert Trip

Spring Term

  • School Production/ Musical
  • Easter Service
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Lunchtime Concerts
  • Evening Concert Trip

Summer Term

  • Halliford School Young Musician Competition
  • Summer Concert
  • Lunchtime Concerts
  • Evening Concert Trip


  • The Department enjoys running residential tours, and students have performed in Sorrento, Rhineland, Paris, New York, and at the Edinburgh Festival
  • School Musicals (past productions include SPAMALOT!, The Great Gatsby, Little Shop of Horrors, Blood Brothers, and School of Rock)
  • Assembly performances
  • Examination, GCSE and A Level Recitals
  • Feeder School Workshops


Students who excel may be awarded a Music Scholarship and Music Colours.

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