Music - Ratcliffe College


The Music Department is proud to offer such an extensive range of musical activities to the students.  In addition to these activities, our students can choose to have individual music lessons with specialist teachers.

Senior Orchestra

This is the flagship ensemble which comprises students of Grade 5 standard or above from across the Senior School.  Students as young as Year 7 are eligible to join, so long as they meet the standard and experience that is required.  Rehearsing twice a week allows the Senior Orchestra to perform to a very high standard.  Although they perform at many events, the annual Picnic Concert is one of the most fun!

Senior Choir

The Senior Choir enjoys singing a very broad selection of repertoire from across the centuries. Each year the Choir sings pieces composed by students.  The Senior Choir sings at all major services and functions in school; they also sing outside the College.  They tackle complex repertoire and help support the whole school in their congregational singing.  Highlights include the Last Night of the Proms and the Carol Service.

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble meets once per week and play popular numbers, frequently performing at the school concerts and events. This group has grown in number and in terms of the quality of performances in recent years, often playing sets of pieces.

Woodwind Ensemble

Students in this chamber group enjoy playing some amazing repertoire for their instrument with other specialists.  Performing at key events, they not only refine their ensemble skills but gain an understanding of the music written for their instrument.

Swing Band

Swing Band will appeal to those students who enjoy jazz in particular.  The students learn to improvise and ‘gel’ as an ensemble, taking it in turn to lead sections of the performance within a larger structure.

Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir is attended by both students and staff, with a focus on fun repertoire which is performed in a variety of forums, including services and high profile concerts.  Students often get the chance to do solos as part of the Gospel Choir and gain confidence as a result.

Senior Strings

The Senior Strings ensemble plays some beautiful and challenging repertoire with the benefits of working closely to produce a refined sound.  Students have written music for the ensemble and they frequently request particular pieces to perform.


RaCappella is a close harmony vocal ensemble which performs arrangements of challenging pieces, and often well-known songs!  Students enjoy working within a select group to produce the highest quality performances of both sacred and secular music.