Music

Described by Radio 3 as, "a story of astonishing achievement” and praised by the Department for Education as providing, “a distinguished contribution to music education in the UK", the Music Department offers an unrivalled number of outstanding enrichment opportunities. These are available to all students of the college and cater for all musical tastes, instruments and abilities. 

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The Music Department offers tuition on musical instruments for all students of the College. Instruments offered are subject to demand, but we currently provide tuition from expert, professional musicians in: Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Tuba, Voice, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Piano, Drums and Percussion.

Lessons are provided free of charge with a member of College staff for all students studying A-level or BTEC Music on their principal instrument/voice. Lessons on a further instrument can be studied at a cost of approximately £180 a term.

Instrumental lessons for non-music students can be taken for approximately £180 a term. This includes a minimum of 10 lessons per term, but lessons may not be equally distributed between the three terms.

If you have any enquiries about instrumental lessons, please write to music@farnborough.ac.uk.

The College’s Choral Society is the largest of the musical enrichment groups, boasting over 100 members. Students from across the College community and all A Level Music students take part and no audition is required.

Choral Society has a reputation as one of the finest examples of its kind in the country, performing each year with a professional orchestra and tackling large-scale classical repertoire such as Verdi’s ‘Requiem’, Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and Britten’s ‘St Nicolas Cantata’ in some of the country’s finest venues, including Guildford Cathedral and Sandhurst Memorial Chapel.

Big Band is the College’s premier large-scale jazz ensemble, performing traditional jazz standards and contemporary works, including film scores.

Consisting of around 50 musicians, it boasts principal members of NYJO, county youth jazz ensembles and junior conservatoire jazz bands, but has no minimum standard and is open to all college students who play wind and brass instruments, piano, kit and guitar.

Chamber Orchestra is the College’s premier orchestral ensemble, performing an eclectic and dynamic range of classical and popular repertoire from the Baroque through to the 20th century. Recent performances include Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’, Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’, Piazolla’s ‘Le Grande Tango’ and arrangements of classic film scores.

Comprising of around 50 musicians it boasts principal members of NYO, county youth orchestras and junior conservatoires, but has no minimum standard and is open to all college students who play string, wind, brass and percussion instruments and piano.

Chamber Choir is the College’s elite classical vocal ensemble, established to give more experienced vocalists the opportunity to perform challenging, smaller-scale vocal repertoire. It is open to all college students and admission is by audition.

Chamber Choir gives regular evensong performances at sacred venues across the country, including the cathedrals of Salisbury, Christ Church Oxford, Southwark, Salisbury and Winchester. It was also the first state-education vocal ensemble to give choral evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral. Chamber Choir tours regularly and has performed in some of Europe's finest venues, most recently singing Mass at the Basilico St Marco, Venice and a programme of Bach Cantatas at Leipzig's Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche.

‘Time Out’ is the College’s elite small-scale jazz ensemble. Open to all college students, it was established to give more experienced jazz musicians the opportunity to perform challenging, intimate repertoire, from traditional jazz through bebop to more contemporary numbers.

‘Time Out’ performs regularly both within and outside of College, and recent tours include performances at the renowned Marciac Jazz Festival in France.

The College’s string ensemble provides an opportunity for string players of all abilities to get together and focus on repertoire for strings only.

Open to all college students and with no minimum standard, the string ensemble perform regularly within college and enjoy tackling exciting ensemble repertoire such as that by Dvorak, Sibelius, Elgar and Holst.

The College’s flute choir provides an opportunity for flautists of all abilities to get together and focus on repertoire for flutes only.

Open to all college students and with no minimum standard, the flute choir performs regularly within college and enjoy performing arrangements of musical works in a fun and informal context.

Performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to present day, the College’s brass quintet provides an opportunity for more experienced brass players to stretch themselves within the invaluable context of chamber music performance.

The College’s guitar ensemble provides an opportunity for guitarists, both electric and acoustic, of all abilities to get together and focus on repertoire for guitars only.

Open to all college students and with no minimum standard, the guitar ensemble perform regularly within college and enjoy performing arrangements of contemporary popular, rock and jazz numbers.

The College’s Opera Project is a bi-annual event that draws together students from across the college to perform in a musical production. Since its conception, the opera project has gained a reputation for fearless programming and an outstanding performance standard.

Recent performances include Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and Puccini’s one act operas ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’. Past projects have also included the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, and in 2016 students performed George Gerswhin’s comic masterpiece, ‘Crazy for You’. The opera project is open to all college students by audition.

Grade V Theory workshops provide an opportunity for all college students to receive tuition and examination entry for the ABRSM Grade V Theory qualification.

Workshops are held on a weekday lunchtime and students may enter for the examination following the successful completion of a mock sample paper.