Orchestras & Bands

The Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Sunday and Monday evenings. It comprises around 80 of the best musicians in the school. The Symphony Orchestra are the centrepiece of each end of term School Concert, performing major pieces from the classical repertoire. 

The concert in the Summer tends to be lighter and ends with enthusiastic singing of three of the School Songs – Carmen Etonense, The Boating Song, and the Vale.

The Chamber Orchestra is chosen from the ranks of the First Orchestra. It is a string orchestra which rehearses independently, usually plays in the School Concert, and gives occasional concerts outside the School.

The Concert Band is made up of 70 boys who rehearse throughout the year. They perform a variety of music from the classical band repertoire, the military band repertoire, and popular arrangements from films and shows. They have an annual concert in the Michaelmas Half, play in the School Concert in the Lent Half as the Symphonic Wind Band, and perform on the Fourth of June. About 40 musicians from the Concert Band make up the Corps Band, which marches and plays in the Combined Cadet Force Tattoo in the Summer Half.

The Pipe Band rehearses weekly and performs on St Andrew’s Day. They take part in the Band Concert in the Michaelmas Half, play in the CCF Tattoo and on the Fourth of June. Occasionally they are invited to perform outside the School.

The Junior Concert Band plays arrangements – of light music mainly – and rehearses weekly. The Junior String Orchestra also rehearses weekly. The Junior String Orchestra and Junior Concert Band play a joint concert at the end of each half.

There are a large number of extra, smaller groups who mostly rehearse at a set weekly time, including string quartets, piano trios, wind and brass groups, and jazz groups. The best of these will play on a Monday morning in College or Lower Chapel.

Members of the Rock Society have formed several rock bands which rehearse in the Rock Band Studio, and organize their own concerts and outside visits from time to time.

Chamber music concerts, known as ECMS Concerts, are organized and performed by the boys themselves.

This half’s musical events