Stockport Grammar School provides exceptional musical opportunities for every child. We offer a diverse and inclusive programme of activities, through our curriculum and extensive co-curricular programme.
All pupils are given the opportunity to learn instruments with an outstanding team of music staff. In addition to being inclusive, we aspire to the highest level of elite music-making in our choirs, bands and orchestras. We have a significant number of pupils that have attained grade 8 and beyond. Many of our pupils also participate in regional and national music ensembles and at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. A large number of former pupils have gone on to study Music at Oxbridge, UK conservatoires and other leading universities and pursue successful careers in music.
The activities on offer are intended to provide access for all pupils, including total beginners, in all areas of music and also pathways into music careers for those with outstanding ability. We have a large stock of musical instruments and an instrumental tuition scheme that enables all First Year pupils to have introductory lessons on instruments ranging from oboe, clarinet, saxophone, flute, bassoon, cello and double bass to the full range of brass instruments.
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The table below shows the activities for the 2019-2020 academic year. Regular commitment is required for all practices and rehearsals.
|Activity||Day, time||Term||Location||Year Groups|
|Big Band||Monday 3.50pm||All||MU1||Third Year to Sixth Form|
|Boys’ Vocal Group||Monday 8.30am||All||MU1||First and Second Year|
|Brass Ensemble||Wednesday 1pm||All||MU1||All Years|
|Chamber Choir||Tuesday 1pm||All||MU1||TBC|
|Chamber Groups||Thursday 8.30am||All||MU4||All Years|
|Chamber Music||Wednesday time TBC||All||Music Department||All Years|
|Chorus||Friday 3.50pm||All||Hallam Hall||Third to Sixth Form|
|Concert Band||Monday 1pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|First Orchestra||Thursday 3.50pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|Girls Vocal Chamber Group||Thursday 8.30am||All||MU2||All Years|
|Guitar Ensemble||Friday 1pm||All||MU3||All Years|
|Junior Band||Friday 1pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|Junior Brass Ensemble||Wednesday 1pm||All||MU2||First to Fourth Year (beginners to Grade 2)|
|Junior Chamber Choir||Friday 3.50pm||All||W7||First and Second Year|
|Junior Jazz Band||Thursday 8.30am||All||MU1||All Years|
|Junior Percussion Ensemble||Wednesday 1pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|Junior Strings||Friday 1pm||All||MU7||First to Third Year (beginners to Grade 2)|
|Junior Woodwind||Wednesday 1pm||All||MU11||First to Third Year (beginners to Grade 2)|
|MARS Recitals||Monday 4pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|Music Theory Class||Wednesday 1pm||All||MU3||All Years|
|Musical Rehearsals||TBC||Autumn and Spring||TBC||All Years|
|Musical Theatre Production||TBC||Autumn and Spring||TBC||All Years|
|Saxophone Quartet||Wednesday 8.30am||All||MU3||All Years|
|Second Orchestra||Tuesday 3.50pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
|Senior Jazz Band||Wednesday 1pm||All||MU6||Fifth Year to Sixth Form|
|Senior Percussion Ensemble||Wednesday 3.50pm||All||Hallam Hall||Fourth Year to Sixth Form|
|String Orchestra||Friday 1pm||All||MU1||All Years|
|String Quartet||Wednesday 8.30am||All||MU1||All Years|
|VOX||Thursday 1pm||All||MU2||First and Second Year|
|Wind Orchestra||Thursday 1pm||All||Hallam Hall||All Years|
Throughout the academic year we hold a number of concerts and events where our excellent musicians play in front of a live audience. These include the Winter Concert, the Leavers’ Concert and the Music Festival.
Find a full list of events in the document below.
- Amazing autumn term for music at SGS
- Touring musicians astound European audiences
- Outstanding quality shines during Music Festival 2019
- Musical First Years
- Summer Concert showcases breadth of talent
- Spectacular concert at the RNCM
- Musicians excel ahead of RNCM Spring Concert
- A Wonderful Winter Concert on a Snowy Night
- Expert musical tuition rings true
- Music festival impresses a packed out Hallam Hall
- Talent Shines at the Lower School concert
- Celebration time at the Leavers’ Concert
- Summer Concert spectacular in the sunshine
- Showcasing musical excellence
- Chamber Choir perform at Christ’s College, Cambridge
- Audience enchanted with Winter Concert performances
- Pupils hit the high notes with their musical achievements