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Lochinver House

Being involved in music enables you to express yourself, engage with others and develop a huge variety of essential skills which can be transferred to many other areas. We hope that Lochinver pupils will develop a love of music that will stay with them for life. 

Music is an important part of everyday life at Lochinver. From Reception through to Year 8 the boys have two class lessons every week and will be introduced to performing, composing, listening and appraising. The boys will become familiar with a huge range of different styles and cultures, from medieval to the present day, from plainchant to reggae and everything in between. The Pre-Prep Music Room is equipped with a wonderful array of percussion instruments and the Senior Music Room is equipped with eleven keyboards and Mac computers running Sibelius.

Instrumental Lessons

Over two-thirds of the boys are currently learning an instrument at school and a large proportion of those boys learn two instruments. The lessons are organized on a rotational basis so that the boys do not miss the same lesson each week. We offer tuition in the following:

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar

Woodwind: Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon

Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French Horn

Percussion: Drum Kit




Our music staff are all highly experienced and enthusiastic teachers, as well as being excellent performers in their own right, and are always happy to answer any questions regarding the instrumental lessons at a mutually convenient time. Parents are also invited to sit in on one of the instrumental lessons in the Spring Term.

Music Ensembles

A wide range of music groups (see list below) meet every week and have the chance to perform at the Junior and Senior concerts. There are also many opportunities to perform in the Soloists’ Concerts, Concerts devoted to single families of instruments, in School Assemblies, in their class lessons, at the annual Pre-Prep Christmas entertainment and Senior Carol Service and at other special events such as the School Fete and Open Mornings. We have staged ‘Joseph’ and ‘Oliver!’ involving all the Year 8 boys and Senior Choir. We also organize workshops and bring outside performers into the school, for example; a Bassoon Quartet, a Wind Quintet, the violinist Nicola Benedetti (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004), Quartet Camerata and the Enfield Percussion Group. Our woodwind, brass and string players have taken part in workshops at a variety of Senior Schools and our Senior and Junior Flute Groups have visited a local Care Home to entertain the residents.

We offer the following groups, catering for a wide variety of musical interests:


Senior Choir Monday 12.50pm Theatre
Junior Choir Wednesday 3.45pm Music Room 1


Recorder Consort Monday 8.30am Music Room 1
Junior Woodwind & Brass Orchestra Tuesday 12.50pm Theatre
Clarinet Group Wesnesday 8.30am Theatre
Senior Rock Group Thursday 8.00am Theatre
Junior Rock Group Thursday 8.30am Theatre
Junior String Orchestra Thursday 8.30am Music Room 1
Senior Flute Group Thursday 8.30am Music Room 2
Big Band Thursday 1.20pm Music Room 1
Senior Orchestra Thursday 3.45pm Theatre
Junior Flute Group Friday 8.30am Music Room 1
Bassoon Group Friday 8.30am Music Room 1


Music Examinations

Boys are entered for Associated Board, Trinity and Guildhall or Rock School music examinations when they have reached the appropriate stage. We are always delighted to see the boys start out on their musical journey with the prep test and some of them even aim for the highest grade, Grade 8, before leaving us at 13+. When appropriate, we suggest that boys should audition for the NCYO. Each year, our top musicians are awarded music scholarships when transferring at 13+.

Please check the Calendar for music examination dates.

The music examination letter (including permission slip) can be downloaded here.

Music Exam Results - to be linked to a document

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Hints for Instrumental Exams

  1. Arrive in the waiting room at least 10 minutes before your exam is due to start. Last-minute panics do not help the playing or singing
  2. Use the time before your exam to get your music and instrument ready – you can warm up silently by moving your fingers or blowing through your instrument
  3. Feeling nervous before an exam is natural. Try smiling as you go into the exam room – it will help you relax
  4. Make sure you are comfortable before you begin. If the stool or music stand is the wrong height, don’t be afraid to adjust it or ask for help
  5. It’s fine to ask the examiner if you can warm up by playing a scale or a few bars of a piece
  6. You can choose to do your exam in any order. Just let the examiner know
  7. Try to keep going in the exam even if you make a mistake – it probably won’t be as disastrous as you think
  8. Don't worry about pauses between your pieces – the examiner will be writing and will tell you when to start your next piece
  9. Your examiner may stop you during a piece if he or she has heard enough to make a judgement
  10. Remember – the examiner is on your side and is looking forward to hearing you perform!

Hints for Theory Exams

  1. Arrive about 10 minutes before the exam is due to start so that you have a chance to get settled
  2. Make sure you have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber and a pencil sharpener
  3. Feel free to highlight any of the exam paper which you feel is important
  4. You will be given a blank piece of manuscript paper (for rough working). If you can draw a keyboard onto it, this may help with any interval questions
  5. Don’t feel that you have to work the paper question by question. Do the parts you know first and then go back to the more difficult bits – this may help with any exam nerves
  6. Keep an eye on the time so that you know how long you have left. If you have done some past papers you will have a good idea how long to allow yourself on each question
  7. Don’t worry if you make a mistake - you can rub or cross it out and write the correct answer next to it
  8. Try to be as neat as you can - if your work is untidy you might make a  mistake that could lose you marks
  9. Don’t look around and worry about what everyone else is doing - concentrate on your own paper
  10. Check your work once you have completed the paper. You may leave the exam room any time after 40 minutes if you have finished, but make sure you have done everything as well as you can!