We have a strong heritage of Music at Eltham College which starts in the Junior School and progresses up to 6th Form with about 70% of pupils learning at least one instrument.

One of the musical highlights of the year is our Concert for St. Cecilia for our more advanced soloists to perform.

Individual Music lessons

Some pupils join us who are already learning instruments and they join ensembles relevant to their instrument and level.

Other pupils join us who have never had the opportunity to learn an instrument. These pupils benefit from our MUSIC ALIVE programme for complete beginners.

In Year 3, the MUSIC ALIVE programme gives pupils the chance to have free lessons on a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass or harp) and be a part of a String ensemble as well as having individual lessons. After the trial period of about a month, pupils wishing to take up their instrument continue to benefit from free instrument hire for the remainder of that academic year whilst paying for lessons beyond the trial period. Those who wish to discontinue can do so with no obligation.

In Year 4, the MUSIC ALIVE programme gives pupils the chance to learn a Brass or Woodwind instrument in the same way as above.

Each Lent term we hold an Inter House Music Competition which is open to all pupils learning an instrument, either at School or privately.



Visiting Music Teachers (VMTs) come to Eltham College each week to give individual music lessons. Please click below to see the list of our Visiting Music Teachers.

Music Staff

Students who wish to participate in instrumental/vocal one to-one tuition (excluding MUSIC ALIVE programme beginners) should email [email protected] Individual music tuition takes place throughout the school day on a rotational basis, with no fixed times. Timetables are displayed on SOCS. Tuition is available on the following instruments/voice.

Each week our range of groups rehearse in preparation for an Ensembles Concerts at the end of each term. The Choirs also rehearse for Harvest festival, Christmas services, an Easter Service as well as our large-scale end of Year Summer Concert. The groups on offer include:

Year 3 Choir

Year 4 Choir

Year 5 and 6 Choir

Chapel Choir

Flutie Toots

Music Alive Strings

Year 5 and 6 String Orchestra

Brass Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

Groovy Toons

Percussion Ensemble

Eltham Chamber Players

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