Music has always played a central role in the life of Haileybury. Whether pupils study Music academically or take part in musical performances for enjoyment and personal development, our great hope is that they will be able to use our excellent facilities to explore and develop a rich musical life – both in the College and beyond.
At Haileybury, we believe that Music should be available to anyone and everyone. It is a core part of our offering – both academically and as a key part of our co-curricular programme.
We provide appropriate inspiration, guidance and nurturing needed to any individual pupil and their unique demands, be it the beginner or the spectacular music scholar.
Our approach centres on providing every musician with varied performance opportunities, whether as a soloist or as part of a wide range of ensembles. Our musical concerts are always well-attended, ensuring every pupil has the opportunity to learn – and challenge themselves – as part of a motivated and inspired team.
The flourishing musical activities at the College include: the Chapel Choir; Chamber Choir; Consort Group (a pupil-led ensemble); Choral Society; Lower School Concert and Chamber Choirs; Symphony Orchestra; Chamber Orchestra (also pupil led); Wind Orchestra; Jazz Band; Wind Sinfonia; a Lower School training orchestra; Lower School rock and jazz ensembles; and multiple woodwind chamber groups.
In addition to these Haileybury also offers individual instrumental/singing tuition; concert and opera trips; biennial music tours (recent destinations have included Venice, Prague and Slovenia) and biennial musicals co-produced with the Drama Department (recent productions have included My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Dido and Aeneas and Grease).
For more accomplished pupils, the College also benefits from the Borealis Orchestra, a regular visiting professional orchestra comprising players from the London orchestras, opera houses, ballet companies and West End theatre pit orchestras.
The ensemble offers the most talented pupils at the College opportunities to perform alongside those who make their living from playing professionally in a side-by-side scheme. It also gives Haileybury's singers opportunities to perform some of the major choral repertoire with a professional accompaniment.
With our newly-extended music block and its intimate performance spaces, the facilities at Haileybury are now of an exceptional standard.
Pupils also have access to a comprehensive stock of school instruments, as well as our new Steinway Model B grand piano and our recently-installed Klais organ in the Chapel.
For pupils wishing to explore the boundaries of musical technology our facilities include 25 Sibelius/Cubase workstations, Mac Suite and a recording studio built as part of our recent Music Department extension and refurbishment.
Andrew O'Brien is the Director of Music from September 2016. He was previously Director of Music at Heath Mount School, where he helped the choir to win the BBC Junior School Choir of the Year in 2012. Andrew has performed throughout the UK, Europe and USA.