Associate Orchestra: London Mozart Players
Associated Chamber Ensemble: The Maggini Quartet
Trinity was voted the UK's 'Best School for Music' by The Week
Trinity's Music Department is one of the best known in Britain. Famous for the Trinity Boys Choir, it also provides truly outstanding opportunities for instrumentalists. At Trinity, we believe that with the right encouragement and guidance, at whatever level and in whatever style, the life of any boy can be enriched and, perhaps, given a new dimension through music. For this reason, every new boy, who does not already play a musical instrument, is offered free lessons on an instrument of their choice.
More than half the boys in the school regularly take part in a musical activity and there are more than fifty groups rehearsing each week. Ensembles include two symphony orchestras, four string orchestras, three wind bands, three big bands, five choirs and numerous chamber groups.
Trinity musicians are often selected for national ensembles and we currently have pupils in the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Choir, as well as the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra. Each year our chamber groups compete in the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools. Last year one of our chamber groups appeared in the Finalist’s Concert and then represented Pro Corda in the National Music for Youth Festival.
We have an outstanding team of Visiting Music Teachers, many of whom have impressive performing credentials, and their work is supported by our Associate Musicians: The London Mozart Players coaches our 1st Orchestra and the Maggini Quartet works with our chamber groups. Our most advanced players also enjoy regular masterclasses with some of the world’s finest musicians, mostly recently Raphael Wallfisch (‘Cello), Peter Katin (Piano), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet) and Michael Whight (Clarinet).
Trinity Boys Choir is the only school choir to be invited to sing regularly in the BBC Proms Festival – the world’s biggest music festival - and it appears regularly at The Royal Opera House, in the Glyndebourne Festival, and with the major London orchestras. All boys are encouraged to sing and many boys with no previous singing experience find themselves performing on professional stages within their first year.
In addition to performing outside school, we are very proud of our excellent 500 seat Concert Hall with its state-of-the-art recording facilities and acoustics. In September 2012 we became London's first All-Steinway secondary school when all our fifteen pianos, including our Concert Grand, were replaced with Steinways. We also have a two manual organ in the Concert Hall and a two manual harpsichord in the 70 seat Recital Room. The department has spacious classrooms and practice rooms, a large percussion room, a recording studio, and large stock of orchestral instruments which can be hired by beginners at a highly competitive rate.
Mr Craig Terry, Managing Director of Steinway & Sons, London, presents the Headmaster, Mark Bishop, with a commemorative plaque.