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Ensembles & choirs

One of the Junior Department orchestras at the end of a concert

Choirs

Training Choir

A high-voice choir for our youngest students in school year 6 and below.

Treble Choir

A high-voice choir for younger students in school years 7 and 8.

Concert Choir

A mixed-voice choir for students in school years 9 to 11.

Senior Choir

A mixed-voice choir for students in school years 11 to 13.

Girls’ Choir

A female-voice choir for students in school years 10 or 11 to 13. Membership by invitation only.

Chamber Choir

A mixed-voice choir for our older and most advanced singers. Membership is by invitation and audition for those in school years 11 to 13.

Parry Voices

A flag-ship ensemble, membership of which is by invitation for our oldest and most advanced singers.

Orchestras

String Ensemble & String Orchestra

Orchestras of violins, violas, cellos and basses for our younger students aged 8 to 12 or 13.

Symphonic Wind Orchestra

An orchestra of wind/brass/percussion instruments for students aged 8 to 17.

Sinfonia 

A full symphonic orchestra (strings/harps/wind/brass/perc) for students aged 11 or 12 to 17 or 18.

Symphony Orchestra 

A full symphonic orchestra (instruments as Sinfonia) for older students, aged 15 or 16 to 18.

Chamber Orchestra 

A flagship string orchestra, membership of which is by invitation for our oldest and most advanced string players.

Seating placements

Seating plans are made after careful discussion between the Head of Junior Programmes, relevant conductors, tutors and teachers. They are not based only on ability. and iIt is important to have good players placed throughout a section and throughout the various ensembles so please do not view your ensemble placement competitively or negatively. Remember that we always have the best interests of our students at heart.

If you are unhappy with your placement you should speak to your section tutor in the first instance.

Ensemble placings can change at any time due to need, or to give players different experiences so you should always check the noticeboards in case any changes have been made.

Ensemble guidelines

Please read the following guidelines carefully.