Large Ensemble Concerts
The pride which students feel following a performance with a Big Band, the Choral Society or a large orchestra cannot be under-emphasised. These experiences stay with pupils for the rest of their life.
The department avoids auditioning pupils. In nearly all cases, enthusiasm for the group and a willingness to commit are enough to allow any pupil access to a large ensemble. Many students at Sevenoaks School take advantage of this. The school’s Foundation Orchestra regularly numbers 100 students and the Senior Symphony Orchestra usually involves between 60 and 70 students.
Rehearsals for large ensembles are scheduled in lunch breaks and after schools at times when they are not likely to clash with sport. The school has a priority system which enables all large activities where the pupils represent the school to have protected time.