|Welcome to the Music department, where you will find energy, enthusiasm and excellence.
Music truly is at the centre of our School: walking around you might hear one of our choirs singing in the school’s Chapel, a jazz ensemble rehearsing for a performance in our purpose-built Music School, or see a pupil-run band recording a track in our Recording Studio. Whether it is 8.00am or 5.00pm you are bound to hear music-making at Eltham College, and with over thirty musical ensembles, pupils of all ages and abilities are able to make the most of the opportunities available. Many Elthamians also perform with local and national orchestras and choirs, and a large number attend Music Conservatoire Saturday schools.
Music department tours have included Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2015, Washington and New York, USA, in 2013, Malta in 2011 and Venice and Verona, Italy, in 2010, all of which giving the pupils the opportunity to perform overseas.
Our music curriculum allows pupils to become deeper, more independent learners, inquisitive and creative. We encourage all pupils to work to our ethos, working as individuals and in groups. Pupils develop their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. Composition is central to our musical philosophy, and there are a number of co-curricular opportunities open to pupils in this area.
We are equally proud of the pupils who go on to study Music upon finishing school (with significant numbers gaining Oxford and Cambridge or other University Choral Scholarships and Music Conservatoire places) as we are of those who take up an instrument for the first time, or compose their first piece.
We offer Music Scholarships every year for talented musicians. Here is a film, produced by Joe White, following a day in the life of one of our Music scholars, Raphael Geldsetzer.