Choirs, Orchestras and Music Ensembles

The co-curricular music programme aims to give all our students the chance to experience sector-leading opportunities, with the aim to enhance every girl's holistic development and wellbeing through an enriching weekly programme and varied calendar of concerts.

Performance standards are exceptionally high, with a strong uptake across the year groups, in ensembles ranging from non-auditioned choruses to highly advanced, auditioned ensembles. Eight of our 18 weekly groups are directed by GCSE and A-Level students. To develop student leadership even further, girls can take part in a series of conducting masterclasses led by professional conductors.

In recent years, girls have performed at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, at St Martin-in-the-fields and at Ghent Cathedral in Belgium. Girls have performed and recorded with the award-winning Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh (CD to be released in 2019). In 2017 and 2018, girls performed in a series of world-class concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, which was broadcast live on television to forty countries and on BBC Radio 3. Their performances of Britten Spring Symphony at the Barbican attracted great acclaim and glowing reviews in the national press. Their performances of Berlioz Faust achieved five star reviews. In 2018-19, girls will perform at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford and tour further afield.

In school, girls take part in informal concerts, house singing competitions and whole school concerts. Year 7 takes part in evening concerts in the autumn and summer terms. Year 8 leads our autumn remembrance concert, supported by many of our ensembles. Year 9 takes part in a Rock Band competition and the winning band records in a professional recording studio. There are prizes for performing and composing, and our first concerto competition took place in autumn 2018.
 

Extra curricular and co-curricular opportunities:

A Cappella Group Years 10-13, no audition
Brass Grade 2 and above, no audition
Chamber Choir Years 10 to 13, by audition
The Choir Years 8 to 13, by audition
Chorus Staff and pupils from Years 7 to 13, no audition
Concert Orchestra Grade 1 to 5, no audition
GCSE and A-Level ensembles    By arrangement
Gospel Choir Years 7 to 13, no audition
Percussion Years 7 to 13, no audition
Sinfonia Strings Grade 7 and above, no audition
Symphony Orchestra Orchestral instrument Grade 5 and above, no audition
Wind Band Grade 3 to 8, no audition
Wind Quintet conductors Flute, oboe, clarinet or bassoon Grade 6 and above, no audition

We have additional pupil-led ensembles in Indian Fusion, String Quartet, Jazz Group, Rock Band and Guitar Ensembles. 
 

Concerts

A full list of Music department concerts and events can be found in the performance schedule in the Key Downloads box. For more information on buying tickets for an upcoming event, tours, trips and outreach projects, please email music@tiffingirls.org
 

Music Prizes

We have a long-established composing prize for Sixth Form Music students called the Dr Mitchell Composition Prize, and in addition to our Concerto Prize, we have prizes to inspire students of all ages across the school in composing, performing and the value of contributing to the school and wider community.

Theatre Song-Writing Prize

A composition between 1 and 4 minutes for voice and piano using a short passage of lyrics. In the Summer Concert on 2 July 2019, all of Year 7 will be performing a play by Brecht called Caucasian Chalk Circle https://www.enotes.com/topics/caucasian-chalk-circle and the winning composition will be an important part of this Brecht production. The winner will be chosen on the basis of vocal melodies, piano accompaniment and 'singability' for Year 7.

 

The Tiffin Girls’ Composition Prize

An original composition of between 1 and 3 minutes for any solo instrument(s) accompanied by piano or harpsichord inspired by a painting. 

 

The Tiffin Girls’ School Ensemble Prize

Awarded to the ensemble which demonstrates the most impressive levels of progression, team work and commitment.

 

Conductor Prize

Awarded to the student who demonstrates the greatest development as a conductor, with the opportunity to conduct at the Summer Concert.

 

Ensemble Instrumentalist of  the Year

Awarded to the student who demonstrates commitment, professionalism in attendance, team work and development in and of our instrumental ensembles.

 

Ensemble Singer of  the Year

Awarded to the student who demonstrates commitment, professionalism in attendance, team work and development in any choir.