Every musician who is eligible is expected to be in an ensemble or choir.

Our aim is a joined up musical pathway for all.

Playing and performing with others is an essential part of being a musician.

That is who we are.

Rock School Dates 23/24

Week of Monday 18th September to week of 27th November.

Week of 15th January to week of 18th March.

Gig is on Weds 27th March.

Week of 17th April to week of 26th June.

Gig on Weds 26th June.

Larch Teaching & Ensemble Weeks

Larch Teaching Weeks 2023-2024: 

Week of Monday 11th September to week of Monday 4th December (12 weeks, 11 lessons, Beginners start 18th September)

Week of Monday 8th January to week of Monday 25th March (11 weeks, 10 lessons)

Week of Monday 15th April to week of Monday 1st July (11 weeks, 9 lessons + Make-up lessons)


Larch String Orchestra, Larch Wind & Brass & Choir Weeks 2023-2024:

Ensemble & Choir Weeks: (in blocks of 10)

Week of 18th September to Week of Monday 11th December

Week of Monday 8th January to week of Monday 18th March

Week of Monday 22nd April to week of Monday 1st July

Progression between ensembles is by ability, so that students are confident and can feel part of the group. Regular practice and commitment will ensure progression. Our ensembles are all year round and are not enrichment opportunities to 'come and go'. High expectations lead to fantastic performances in concerts.

Secondary Ensembles


Brass Ensemble - 1.15 - 2.05pm

Grade 1/2 onwards

Junior Wind Band - 3.15 - 4pm

Wind and Brass players from Year 6, approx Grade 1 standards to Grade 3 / 4.

Concert Band - 4 - 5pm

Grade 3 approx onwards


Saxidentals - 3.15 - 3.45pm

Grade 3/4 onwards

Senior Strings - 4 - 4.30pm (Larch Hall)

Grade 1/2 onwards, from Year 6


Secondary Choir - 1.25 - 1.55pm

Open to all in Years 7 - 9

Chamber Choir - 3.15 - 4pm

Years 10 - 13, for singers who can read music

Rock School - Sessions from 3.15 - 6pm

Grade 1 onwards


Big Band - 3.15 - 5pm

Grade 4/5 onwards, in addition to other ensembles


Guitar Platform - 3.15 - 3.45 

Grade 1 onwards.

Guitar Ensemble - 3.45 - 4.15

Invitation only

Primary Ensembles


Larch Strings - 3.25 - 4pm

String players from Easter of Year 3 onwards


Larch Wind & Brass - 3.25 - 4pm

Wind and Brass players from Easter of Year 3 onwards


Year 2 & 3 Choir - 3.30 - 4pm (Larch Music Room)

Year 4, 5 & 6 - 3.30 - 4pm (Secondary Music Centre)

Students are pianists in ensembles, they create their own ensembles and bands, they perform piano duets, they join groups as percussionists.

Older musicians lead and support younger musicians.

Making music with others is such an important part of what we do.