Music: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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It is very difficult for our students not to develop a love of music at Durham School as our diverse music programme caters for all tastes and abilities and everyone is encouraged to participate.  The department is renowned for its friendly, yet energetic and stimulating environment, helping students to reach their full potential, whatever their musical aspirations are.

Our musical activities usually take place in our Music School which houses a fully equipped Music Technical suite, practice and performance rooms and a larger performance studio.  Our musicians also use chapel for practice and performance making use of the chapel organ and acoustics.

We enjoy the benefits of being an All Steinway School, with pupils being able to access top quality pianos both in School and in the Houses. 

Weekly Music Programme:

  •  Full Chapel Choir
  • Junior Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Junior Orchestra
  • Tenors and Basses
  • Sopranos and Altos
  • St Cecilia’s Chamber Choir
  • Big Band
  • Quintet
  • Brass Group
  • Grade 5 Music Theory

Hit the right note

Be taught by musical experts on any musical instrument.  Our team of full time and visiting music teachers are experts on their instruments and are widely respected teachers.  You will benefit from some of the best available tuition in the region.

Make the Grade or accent on fun

Teaching styles are flexible. Many of our pupils are entered for public exams and competitions; others simply pursue their musical interest for fun or relaxation.

Gifted and Talented

For those who show special promise and have achieved the appropriate standard, music scholarships are available.  Awards are made at 11+, 13+ and 16+.  Scholarship auditions are held every February and potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Music for an informal preliminary discussion.

18+:  A Career in music?

Many musicians in the school go on to pursue their musical talents at university or music college, often gaining music scholarships. Detailed guidance is provided on suitable courses to suit all musical tastes.

Play in a team

There are many opportunities to play in orchestras, concert and jazz bands, rock groups, and choirs of all sizes.  Some groups are open to all, others are auditioned. A huge variety of musical styles is performed, from pop to sacred, and concerts are performed in a wide range of venues, including Durham Cathedral and the Sage, Gateshead. Recently, the school’s musicians have broadcast live on radio twice.

Make a recording

There are six CD recordings available with music performed by Durham School’s musicians, including orchestral, jazz, choral and Christmas music.

On stage

As well as many concert opportunities, major musicals are regularly staged in the school’s own theatre or in Durham City’s Gala Theatre.  We were the first school to perform the schools version of Les Misérables. Pupils are actively encouraged to participate in every aspect of theatrical productions.

If you require any further information about our Musical Programme, please contact Mr R. Muttit, our Director of Music at


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