The Music Department is one of the largest and liveliest in London with a huge array of orchestras, bands and choirs and more than 40 specialist music staff. Forest provides an excellent standard in instrumental and vocal tuition. Many of our visiting teachers also teach at the junior and senior departments of the London conservatoires; some are also ABRSM examiners.
All are committed professional musicians and many perform with some of the most well-known ensembles and orchestras in the country.
At Forest, every pupil is encouraged to take part in music, either by playing an instrument, joining one of our many ensembles, or by singing in a choir or as a soloist. Every pupil is valued and supported, and many of our pupils go on to study music at university or conservatoire.
Alongside lessons in the curriculum, opportunities for pupils to take part in music at Forest are myriad with many concerts and events throughout the year. This includes the annual boys’ and girls’ House Music Competitions, which see the Sports Hall and Deaton Theatre transformed into what may be mistaken as the O2 Arena, such is the energy of the musicians and the crowd.
In addition to performing at Forest, our young musicians have performed at venues such as Chelmsford Cathedral, the East India Club, Kings’ Place, The Forge in Camden, Southwark Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. John’s Smith Square.