A multitude of orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands cater for pupils of all abilities and musical tastes. We hold regular concerts at The Sheldonian Theatre, Magdalen College Chapel, The Grove Auditorium and SJE Arts, as well as an Evening of Jazz & Blues and numerous formal and informal concerts at school.


Choral Society (all years)

Magdalen Sixth Choir (6th Form)

Barbershop (L4th/U4th)

Close Harmony (5th/6th Form)

Madrigal Society (all years)

House singing large group & small groups (all years)


Symphony Orchestra (Grade 7+)

Concert Orchestra (Grade 3+)

Jazz Bands

Jazz Band (Grade 6+)

Jazz Club (Grade 3+)

Jazz Ensemble

Various pupil led groups for An Evening of Jazz & Blues

Chamber Music and Ensembles

String Orchestra (Grade 7+)

String Squad (Grade 3+)

String Quartets / Quintets

Piano Trios

Chamber Wind

Concert Wind (Grade 8+)

Wind Ensemble

Brass Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Flute Ensemble

Flute Quintet / Quartet

Samba Band

Clarinet Ensembles

Cello Ensemble

Piano Duets

Guitar Ensemble

Aural and Theory Clubs

Multiple aural clinics each week for pupils who need assistance in preparation for instrumental Music exams.

Weekly theory club for those who are taking Grade 5 Theory.

External Ensembles

Many pupils also take part in ensembles and musical activities out of school including:

  • National Youth Orchestra
  • National Children’s Orchestra
  • National School’s Symphony Orchestra
  • National Youth Choirs
  • Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra
  • Oxfordshire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra
  • Thames Vale Youth Orchestra
  • Junior Academy
  • Junior Guildhall
  • Junior College