For parents of talented musical children, the quality, profile, opportunities and individual nurturing offered by the Music Department is a vital consideration in their choice of a senior school. A school in which music thrives demonstrates not only its commitment to the development of pupils’ creativity but also to their cultural awareness and the fundamental life skills of self-discipline and teamwork which musical activity brings.

At Cranleigh we are passionate about the importance of music in the development of well-rounded individuals, but not to the exclusion of all else. You will find Cranleighans developing their musical talents alongside a well-balanced academic curriculum and a wide range of other creative and sporting activities. Every pupil is offered a vast number of musical opportunities to fulfil his or her individual potential, whether that may be participation in a large choir, in a Rock Band, or as a soloist with a professional symphony orchestra.

The headings below are designed to give some insight into musical life at Cranleigh and to answer some Frequently Asked Questions. They are, of course, no substitute for visiting us, or for coming to one of our many concerts throughout the year, to which you are very welcome (to view our current programme, please feel free to download our Events Guide using the link to the right.)

I am always delighted to meet keen musicians and potential music scholars for an informal pre-audition at any time of the year.

Do read these views & comments regarding musical life at Cranleigh, and better still come and see us. I hope you will see that music lies at the very heart of Cranleigh, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Key Staff

Mr M.C. Pashley

Director of Cranleigh Music

Mrs C.A. Beddison

Head of Prep School Music

Mr R.J. Saxel

Head of Performance

Mrs C.E. Golden

Music Administrator

Mr P.N. Scriven

Organist in Residence

Dr M.E. Ward

Head of Piano

Mr K.D. Weaver

Head of Strings

Mr D.J. Futcher

Assistant Head Director of IT

Mr G.C. Royall

Head of Contemporary Music