Clifton College’s musical facilities offer unique opportunities to young musicians. A selection of co-curricular groups offer a range of musical styles, from the more traditional Chapel and Chamber Choirs and Orchestra, to Soul Band, Swing Band and many other pop bands.
Individual weekly music lessons cover traditional classical instruments and more modern options, including bass, electric and acoustic guitar, jazz piano, and contemporary-style singing. Many pupils go on to take grades and the school hosts Associated Board Grade Exams, Music Theatre Exams (LCM) and Trinity College Exams on a termly basis.
Clifton College is a unique musical school in Bristol in that has a fully-equipped recording studio with two live rooms, a dedicated drum room and a central control room, all linked via video as well as sound cabling.
The Recital Hall can also be used as a recording space for large ensembles, including the use of the S6 Yamaha Grand Piano. The College also has a full-time sound engineer who teaches Music Technology and helps pupils with any project work involving use of the studio.
In addition to the facilities of the Music School, the Chapel is also used for many musical events. The specification of the four-manual Harrison and Harrison chapel organ can be found here. It is also home to the College’s Model C Steinway, used for our largest concerts, including the annual Summer Serenade Concerto Concert, which features pupils performing with a professional orchestra.