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 student-run band recording a track in a music 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, students 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.

Individual and Vocal Lessons

Over thirty Visiting Music Teachers (VMTs) come to Eltham College each week to give individual instrumental/vocal lessons. Learn more about our VMTs.

Over 60% of Elthamians learn at least one instrument. Individual lessons at school take place on a rotating basis during timetabled hours or, in the case of Sixth Formers, during private study periods.

Performing with other musicians is a vital part of being an instrumentalist and as such all students learning instruments are invited to perform in school ensembles. Regular attendance at rehearsals is expected since this will enhance the students’ progress on their instruments.

Tuition is available on the following instruments/voice:

Acoustic Guitar FluteSaxophone
Bass Guitar French HornSinging
HarpTenor Horn
Jazz PianoTheory
Classic GuitarJazz SaxophoneTrombone
ClarinetOrchestral PercussionTrumpet
Double BassOboeTuba
Drum KitOrganViola
Electric Guitar PianoViolin

Harp Lessons

From September Harp lessons will be available to both Junior and Senior School students. Harpists have opportunities to join the Junior and Senior School String Orchestras. Harp hire can be organised at £60 per month with Harp students able to practise on the school lever harps after Christmas. If you have any queries with regards to Harp lessons please email Miss Beck at

Please click here to view a list of the Music fees for 2020/21. Please read the Service Standards and Commitments before applying for Music tuition.

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Choirs and Orchestras

For the singers in our choirs and the musicians in the orchestras, there are opportunities for all to perform at various venues throughout the year as well as international tours on occasion.

Chamber ChoirConsort ChoirEltham Sinfonia
Choral SocietyECCO OrchestraEltham Sinfonietta
College ChoirEltham College Boys' ChoirSymphony Orchestra


Musicians are grouped by ability to form some larger ensembles. Ranging from the Concert Band to Dixieland Band, the performers receive great opportunities to play at prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho as well as high profile College events.

Aeolian BrassCool JazzRhythm and Blues Band
Big BandDixieland BandSymphonic Winds
Concert BandEltham Brass


Every effort is made to ensure that all students learning musical instruments are placed in College ensembles to help them progress. Ensembles are graded by ability and if a student wishes to perform in a group there will be an opportunity for them to do so. Ensembles concerts take place every term.

Classical Guitar EnsembleLiquorice Sticks
(Clarinet Ensemble)
Slick Stix
(Percussion Ensemble)
Django Jazz GuitarLydian Brass EnsembleStick Attack
(Percussion Ensemble)
Flute ChoirSaxmania GroupTetrachord
(Piano Ensemble)
Liquorice Sticks
(Clarinet Ensemble)
Saxophone QuartetPlus a variety of Chamber Music Ensembles

Chamber Groups

Amati String QuartetCasals Cello EnsemblePurcell Piano Trio


Students meet to discuss or practise the things that they particularly enjoy or want to experiment with. These clubs are a little more specialist and in tune with student interests.

Composition WorkshopConducting WorkshopMusic Scholars Day

Music Tours

Music department tours have included Dubrovnik, Croatia, Washington and New York, USA, Malta and Venice and Verona, Italy, all of which give our students the opportunity to perform overseas.