Music at Ipswich School
The Britten Faculty of Music
The Britten Faculty of Music at Ipswich School has an impressive reputation as a place where musicians thrive. Dedicated teachers and quality facilities, including the state-of-the-art New Music School, provide a creative musical environment for pupils.
In May 2013 the music department at Ipswich School became the Britten Faculty of Music at Ipswich School - in honour of the Suffolk composer’s centenary year. We are honoured that the Britten Foundation has recognised the excellence of music at Ipswich School by permitting us to use Britten’s name in this way.
The Britten Faculty of Music spans the Prep and Senior School. In the Prep School the faculty aims to provide young pupils with as many opportunities as possible to perform, create, listen to and compose music. There is a Prep orchestra and a Prep chamber choir.
In the Senior School the faculty teaches from the Lower School to the Sixth Form and offers GCSE and A Level Music. A plethora of concerts and events are staged throughout the year. The faculty also runs a symphony orchestra, intermediate orchestra, big band, chamber orchestra and ensemble, flute, saxophone and brass ensembles, chapel choir among others and has around thirty visiting music teachers providing tuition on a range of musical instruments.
Our state-of-the-art New Music School was opened to pupils in November 2015. It includes recital and teaching rooms, an ICT suite equipped with 24 computers, eight sound-proofed practice rooms and offices.
Currently, as well as teaching and practice rooms, we have a large rehearsal room, a keyboard laboratory and a music technology centre. Great School is a fine concert hall seating 400 and is equipped with a new Steinway grand piano, while Little School seats 200 and has a Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano. Great School is also the venue for Ipswich Chamber Music Society concerts, which feature some of the country's leading chamber ensembles.
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Every year Ipswich School holds an annual Festival of Music.