Guest Concerts are often given on the first or second Sunday of each half, either by instrumental teachers at Eton, or visiting professional musicians.
There is a full orchestral School Concert played in School Hall by the Symphony Orchestra every half, including a concerto with a boy soloist. Recently performed works include: Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Handel: Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 12 in B minor, Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16, Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5 in D, Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor Op 47, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 in E flat Op 11 and Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F Op 75.
The Concert Band gives a concert in School Hall in the Michaelmas Half. There is also a boys’ Organ Recital in the Summer Half.
The Junior String Orchestra and the Junior Concert Band give a joint concert every half in the Music Schools.
The ECMS Choral Concert occurs once a year, usually in the Lent, when one big choral work is performed. Recent concerts have included Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Tippett’s Child of Our Time, Verdi’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Boys are encouraged to arrange their own musical events using Eton musicians. Boys in B usually put on two Chamber Concerts a half under the auspices of the Eton College Musical Society (ECMS), organized and performed by boys. In recent years these have included a dance exchange programme with the Concord Academy in America with music both composed and played by Eton boys, a complete performance of Debussy's Preludes Book I, Gabrieli's Ricercar del duodecimi tuoni for brass ensemble and Britten's Canticle II - Abraham and Isaac.
Play and Listen Concerts, usually two a half, provide boys who might not otherwise have a chance to perform with an opportunity to play to an audience, and almost all the Houses each put on their own House Concert, where performers of all standards may take part. Performances of boys’ IGCSE, GCSE and A level compositions are also given in the relevant half.
Tickets are required for some of these concerts but admission is free. Please click here for this half's musical events.
This video is a short extract from a recent School Concert.