We have a heritage of outstanding music at Eltham College. Almost two thirds of our students play at least one musical instrument, with many progressing to Diploma level and beyond.

Every week we rehearse over forty ensembles, and our students perform regularly within school, at prestigious venues such as Blackheath Halls, the Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and on national and international tours.

Eltham College Music Staff

The Eltham College Music Department at the Senior School consists of over forty members of staff; please click below to see the list of our academic and instrumental teachers.

Instrumental tuition

Nearly 70% of Elthamians learn at least one instrument. Individual lessons at school take place on a rotating basis during timetabled hours or, in the case of Sixth Formers, during private study periods. Performing with other musicians is a vital part of being an instrumentalist, and as such all students learning instruments are invited to perform in one of the school’s many ensembles.

Tuition is available on the following instruments/voice:


Keyboard Piano

Jazz Piano


Strings Violin



Double Bass


Guitar Classical Guitar

Electric Guitar

Bass Guitar

Brass Euphonium

French Horn

Tenor Horn




Percussion Drum Kit

Orchestral Percussion

Singing Classical

Musical Theatre


Woodwind Flute





Jazz Saxophone



To sign up for instrumental tuition, please email: [email protected]

Please expand below to see details of our fees for 2023/24.

Music Fees 2022/23
  • Rates for September 2023 – July 2024 are shown below. All rates are subject to change and an annual review.

Payments direct to the Visiting Music Teacher:

Individual Instrumental/Singing tuition

1×30 minute lesson £24.20 /lesson

Theory Tuition

1×30 minute individual lesson £24.20 /lesson

1×30 minute shared lesson £12.10 /shared lesson (subject to availability)

Music/equipment, sheet music/theory books, instruments etc. as appropriate

Payments that are added to the school fees include:

Associated Board and Trinity Grade Examination Fees: these are set by the examination boards and charged via the termly school fees invoice.

Accompanist Fees: if an accompanist is required at your child’s exam, accompanist fees will also be charged via the termly school fees invoice.

The current accompanist rates are:

Grade 1 to 3: £25 (which includes one 15-minute rehearsal before the exam day, a brief run-through on the day and the examination performance)

Grade 4 and 5: £35 (which includes one 20-minute rehearsal before the exam day, a brief run-through on the day and the examination performance)

Grade 6 and 7: £45 (which includes one 25-minute rehearsal before the exam day, a brief run-through on the day and the examination performance)

Grade 8: £60 (which includes one 30-minute rehearsal before the exam day, a brief run-through on the day and the examination performance)

Diploma: confirmed at time of booking

Music Events

The Music Department runs a busy programme of concerts and events throughout the year. Please click below to see the calendar for 2023/24.

Please use the below link to read our service standards and commitments.


The Senior School Music Department offers an extensive weekly programme of music ensembles, across a range of sizes, disciplines and standards. Rehearsals take place before school, at lunchtime, and after the end of academic lessons.


Choirs and Orchestras


Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia
College Choir Choral Society Chamber Choir
Young Voices Voce Junior Acappella


Other Large Ensembles


Concert Band Eltham Brass Symphonic Winds




Big Band Jazz Combo
Dixieland Band Cool Jazz


Small Ensembles and Chamber Groups


Amati String Quartet Senior String Quartet Junior String Quartet
Purcell String Ensemble Poulenc Wind Ensemble Early Music Ensemble
Silver Sonics Flute Ensemble Platinum Players Flute Ensemble Saxophone Quartet
Senior Oboe Trio Double Reed Ensemble Bream Guitar Ensemble
Rock School Slick Sticks Percussion Ensemble Stick Attack Percussion Ensemble
Musical – Show Band Tetrachord Piano Ensemble Aeolian Brass

Music Scholarships


Music Scholars at Eltham are offered a tailored programme that encourages them to be self-analytical and reflective in order to sustain continued improvement and high-level performance. All of our concerts are professionally recorded, allowing our Scholars to analyse their performances in detail with their teachers and target specific areas on which to focus. Scholars have regular 1-1 conversations with an assigned member of music staff; these encourage pupils to consider the progress that they have made, and how the senior school music department can support them in developing further as a performer.  Our Scholarship programme involves regular trips into London to attend masterclasses, concerts, and to visit Music Conservatoires; recent Scholars’ Trips include Steinway Halls and the Royal College of Music.


Music Tours


The Music Department organises national and international tours, both choral and orchestral. Recent tours have included Spain (Choral, 2023), Scotland (Orchestral, 2022) and Croatia (Choral, 2018)





School News

The latest leg of the Hans Woyda Mathematics Competition concluded on Wednesday with an impressive showcase of mathematical skills at St Dunstan’s College.
Last evening marked a significant milestone for the Eltham College Hans Woyda Team as they took the stage for their eagerly anticipated second league match of the academic year.
For our first ‘Meet The Teacher’ interview this academic year, we are diving into the world of mathematics to introduce André Astbury-Palmer, our new Maths Teacher at Eltham College.
Our Head of Junior School at Eltham College, Vikki Meier, shares her insights on the important decision of choosing the right school for your child.
On Sunday, our Chess team travelled to Eton to participate in the National Schools Rapid Play competition.