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Ensembles

There are five large ensembles at Godolphin and a large number of chamber ensembles.

Orchestra

First Year – Upper Sixth students who are grade 5 or above. Some instruments are more popular than others and it is sometimes necessary to hold auditions. If we know you are over Grade 5 we will usually invite you to join.

Concert Band

First Year - Upper Sixth students who are grade 5 or above on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. If we know you are over grade 5 we will usually invite you to join.

Senior Strings

For any talented string players. Membership is by invitation/audition.

Mrs Hattersley's Orchestra

This is our junior orchestra and is conducted by our talented Head, Emma Hattersley. We expect any student in the First and Second Year and who is Grade 1 and above, or plays an orchestral instrument, to join this orchestra which meets on a Tuesday lunchtime.

Chamber Music

Godolphin is recognised as a centre of excellence for chamber music and received an award recognising this in 2018. Chamber Music is very strong at Godolphin and there are a large number of ensembles providing opportunities for many instrumentalists. The majority of our chamber ensembles enter the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival, regularly making it through to the semi-finals and national finals.

We have a flexible approach towards our ensembles, forming groups depending on the talents of particular cohorts of girls. However the following ensembles tend to run every year:

  • Two Saxophone Quartets (Intermediate and Senior)
  • Intermediate Clarinet Ensemble
  • Clarinet Consort
  • Wind Quartet
  • Tutti Flutti (Intermediate flute ensemble)
  • Senior Flute Consort
  • Wind Quartet
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • String Quartets (Intermediate and Senior)
  • Scholars’ Trios, Quartets and Quintets
  • Scholars’ Brass Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
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