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Music is a key element of education at Ardingly College and we maintain a proud and flourishing tradition of musical excellence.

Hundreds of instrumental lessons are taught each week by 30 outstanding specialist musicians, and academic music lessons are offered in all years. Generous Music Scholarships are available and for the scholar there are many opportunities to perform at a high level.

There is an ambitious music programme each year with opportunities for students to perform in informal as well as major choral and orchestral concerts. Our aim is to encourage and inspire pupils of all musical abilities, from preliminary to diploma level.

Master classes are arranged throughout the year, and visitors have included the Allegri Quartet, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, conductor and composer Paul Spicer, flautist Ian Clarke, and singer Mark Stone. The outstanding vocal ensemble VOCES8 became our 'Musicians In Residence' in September 2010, and the  department has close links with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The College is also the venue for a series of professional concerts, Music@Ardingly, established in 2008.

Ensembles include the 60-strong Chapel Choir, the Schola Cantorum, the Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Band and numerous chamber music groups. The Chapel Choir has performed at many prestigious venues both at home and abroad, including Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, Berlin Cathedral and Chartres Cathedral.

The department is housed in a professionally equipped, purpose-built Music School, including a recital room and music technology studio.

Music scholarships are available at Ardingly College.