|There are around fifty musical ensembles rehearsed weekly at Eltham College. The diversity of the groups, which range from the Symphony Orchestra to the Scrapyard Orchestra, are given numerous performance opportunities to display their talent and discover the joy of making music together.
Over 60% of our pupils learn at least one instrument, with many leaving the school having gained Grade 8 or Performance Diplomas in their principle instruments. All pupils learning musical instruments are invited to join ensembles, regardless of whether they have their instrumental tuition at the school or privately.
The department is housed in a purpose-designed building, with a good number of teaching and practice rooms, each of which is equipped with a piano and audio equipment. Larger ensembles meet regularly in one of two main rehearsal rooms, with smaller groups using the six studio rooms. A Recording Studio, a Copeman Hart Organ, one Yamaha grand piano and two Yamaha baby grand pianos, a Percussion Studio, a Harp Studio and a suite of computers with the latest musical notation and sequencing software are all available for pupils to use. In addition, our regular series of concert trips and masterclasses from visiting music experts help to ensure that Eltham College gets the best out of its talented musicians. The College Trebles regularly perform with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus, and Elthamians have worked with the Grenadier Guards, Alison Balsom, the Sacconi Quartet and the Swingle Singers to name a few.
The school's own musicians regularly perform outside the school, and recently have been heard at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Wales Millennium Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, Blackheath Halls, Eltham Palace and St Alfege Church, Greenwich.
Concerts are also frequently held in the school, making use of King George's Hall, Central Hall, Chapel and Antony Barnard Hall. The end of the academic year is marked with the annual ECCO concert in the summer marquee.
Annual House-based Music and Singing Competitions provide further recital opportunities, giving all the school’s musicians the opportunity to perform publicly.
The department also presents a bi-annual Musical production in conjunction with the Theatre. In recent years, shows have included Cabaret, Oliver!, Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chess, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd and Les Misérables. The school's musicals are frequently presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.