Music is vibrant at QEHS, with the focus being on creating music of a high standard which involves as many students as possible. The ensembles we currently run are Orchestra, Concert Band (up to grade 3), Symphonic Wind Band (grade 4+), Swing Band, Choir and Chamber Choir, Jazz Combo, String Quartet, Soul Band, and a range of smaller ensembles run by the staff and students, such as Flute Choir and Guitar Club. We put on two main concerts per year (Christmas and Spring), and House Music is a student-run event taking place in February. Senior students are also invited to take part in the annual “Carols For All” celebration in Gainsborough Parish Church in mid-December, with Gainsborough Choral Society and Lincoln Pro Musica. Other music performances include charity concerts both in and out of school, local festivals, and events organised by Lincolnshire Music Service (recently Carmina Burana at Lincoln Cathedral). Year 7 put on an performance for their Arts Award each year, (for example, Lion King or Aladdin) which ensures that they are excited by and involved in music right from their early days in the school. Many students play more than one instrument in school, and there are many students having private lessons outside school who also take part in school ensembles.

We are well supported by almost a dozen peripatetic staff from the Lincolnshire Music Service (LMS), who deliver almost 1000 lessons in school each month; QEHS is one of the biggest purchasers of instrumental lessons in the county. The peripatetic staff also take part in school performances, and regularly support our students in concerts and exam preparation.

We run GCSE and A-Level Music courses, and are well resourced as a department, with a suite of computers with both Sibelius and Cubase, a range of music practice rooms, a set of 30 djembe and a full samba kit.

Lesson Applications

Please read the general notes and guidance in the lesson booking form. This explains how the lessons are implemented at QEHS and gives information on fee remission, cancelling lessons, instrument hire, school ensembles etc. There are fee remissions for Free School Meals, Pupil Premium, Ever6 and Services Families, as well as GCSE/A-Level Music discounts. You can apply for lessons on more than one instrument, but if you are claiming any fee remission, this applies to the first instrument only; you pay the standard rate for subsequent instruments. We assume that you are applying for a year of lessons, and you will be invoiced termly unless you give us one term’s notice of your wish to cancel. Please indicate if you need to hire an instrument, as this can be arranged for a very modest charge through Lincolnshire Music Service.

For continuing students, please note that the payment process is changing this year; please send no payment with your booking form, as you will receive a termly invoice.

We will only contact you if there is a problem with your application. Timetables are published online and on the noticeboard in the Music Department, and new starters will be given full information during the first week of term.

If you have any queries about filling in the application form, please call and ask to speak to the Music Office.


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