Hill House regards the appreciation of music as a most important element in a child’s make up. The Music Department provides unrivalled opportunities for them to develop their talents at an early age, when progress is quick and other academic pressures are not so great as to interrupt regular practise routines. There are orchestras, choirs, chamber music groups, string quartets, guitar ensembles, woodwind ensembles and a brass consort.
In 1972 a fine two manual organ with mechanical action containing 456 pipes was especially commissioned for the school and installed in the Music Room in Hans Place. There is a second organ in Founders’ Hall. The school also possesses two harpsichords, a clavichord, 17 pianos and a stock of over 300 orchestral instruments, which are loaned to boys and girls for the duration of their time at Hill House.
Tuition is given in the following instruments by 26 specialist tutors:
- French Horn
- Double Bass
- Solo Singing
The full course comprises instrumental tuition, choral work, aural and theory training, and ensemble coaching. In addition boys and girls have access to a comprehensive music library.
Singing is regarded as an essential part of every child’s musical education at Hill House and thus all children from Small School to Senior School will sing at least once a week with one of our Choral Animateurs. In addition we have nine choirs covering every level of ability. There are two touring choirs for which thirty-two choral scholarships are awarded each year to boys and girls already in one of the other school choirs. A residential music course is held every summer for the scholars, who have also toured in England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.
Many music scholarships have been won to Public schools in recent years and numerous Hill House pupils have gone on to have illustrious careers in both classical and popular music.