There are five large ensembles at Godolphin and a large number of chamber ensembles.
For any girl in Years 1 – Upper Sixth who is 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.
For any girl in Years 1 – Upper Sixth who is 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.
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 Headmistress. We expect any girl in the First and Second Year and who is Grade 1 and above, or plays an orchestral instrument, to join. The orchestra meets on a Tuesday lunchtime.
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
Tutti Flutti (Intermediate flute ensemble)
Senior Flute Consort
Senior String Ensemble
String Quartets (Intermediate and Senior)
Scholars’ Trios, Quartets and Quintets
Scholars’ Brass Ensemble