Every boy at Hampton is encouraged to fulfil his full musical potential. There are opportunities to perform at every level within the School, nationally and internationally. Student performances are of an exceptional standard due to the motivation and commitment of the Music Staff and the skills and abilities of the boys themselves. We are delighted that Hampton is now an All Steinway School and every pupil has the opportunity to rehearse and perform on Steinway instruments.
The Hammond Theatre
The theatre is a concert venue to rival any school in the country. Designed to seat an audience of 380 people it offers a professional standard platform for Hampton boys to showcase their musical ability. The specialist acoustic panels create a warm, reverberant atmosphere suited to all types of music making. The Hammond Theatre also has an orchestra pit, making it ideal for musical theatre.
The Music Department is well provided with private tuition and practice rooms. There are specialist rooms for ensemble and choral rehearsals in the theatre and in the newly refurbished Garrick Building.
Music Scholarships and Choral Awards
The School offers a number of music scholarships and awards
The Department runs regular trips both in the UK and abroad. These include; a chamber music course in October at various locations, a triennial orchestral exchange with the Heinrich-Suso Gymnasium School from Konstanz, Germany, and in most years we run an international tour for the different ensembles.
Hampton has a thriving Music Society run by parents to support the Music Department by helping at concerts, and providing financial help for special projects. The most recent of these projects is the ‘Rare Beasts’ scheme, which supports new boys at Hampton who wish to take up an instrument which is less common at School (for example, the bassoon or the French horn).
All concerts are open to parents and friends of the school.
Ensembles & choirs
Hampton School runs a wide range of Ensembles and Choirs suited to all levels and all styles of music making.
The provision of Chamber Music is fundamental to the life of the Department, and is strongly supported.
In addition, there are a number of rock bands, and the Department is committed to providing them with time and facilities to rehearse.
- School Choir
- Hampton Boys Choir
- Chamber Choir
- Consort of Voices
- Voices of Lions
- Symphony Orchestra
- Concert Orchestra
- Trumpet Quartet
- Brass Band
- Clarinet Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Improvisational
- Rock School
- Hampton Sinfonia
- Funk Band
- Chamber Orchestra
- Flute Group
- Oboe Ensemble
- Swing Band
- Jazz Band
- Percussion Group
- Trombone Ensemble
Instrumental and vocal tuition is available to all members of the School, by application to the Director of Music, on any orchestral instrument, piano, organ, modern guitar, drum kit, jazz piano and saxophone.
Our visiting music staff all have excellent reputations with many being prominent performers in their field. Timetables for musical tuition are posted in the main corridor. Most timetables are posted several weeks in advance, usually half termly.
Theory and Aural lessons are also available.