Our thriving Strings department nurtures string players as they work towards acquiring a solid technical foundation and, as well as developing their skills as soloists, become accustomed to working as part of a group.
Chamber music and orchestral playing are key to the musical education of our string players. The School runs a Junior String Orchestra, a Chamber Orchestra and a Symphony Orchestra in support of this, and all students in Year 9 and above are given the opportunity to play chamber music in weekly coached sessions. Furthermore, students can attend the School’s Chamber Music Academy which benefits from the immense experience of members of Chilingirian, Endellion, and Elias Quartets, to name but a few. String masterclasses take place regularly with outstanding visiting artists such as Zakhar Bron, Natalia Gutman and Craig Ogden.
Over and above the usual School orchestral and concerto opportunities, selected string ensembles will perform in our annual chamber music concert, and senior string players can audition to perform a short recital in one of our solo instrumentalists’ concerts.