Musical Ethos

Cranleigh’s strong musical ethos aims to engender a life-long love of music in all pupils and provides many opportunities for involvement throughout the year groups. Two orchestras, several choirs, bands, chamber ensembles and a wide variety of contemporary groups enjoy many performance opportunities throughout the year. All help pupils to learn team work and to connect across year groups and contribute to our unique, supportive family atmosphere. A tradition of exceptionally strong congregational singing in Chapel is proudly maintained by the pupils and testament to the “have a go” approach of Cranleighans in all aspects of School life.

The Merriman Music School, named after Cranleigh’s first Headmaster, is housed within the main School buildings on two floors. At its heart is a 100-seater auditorium with a grand piano and a high-tech lighting, sound and projection system. An adjacent fully-equipped Recording Studio and sound-insulated Rock Room enable pupils to rehearse and record together with state-of-the-art facilities. Fourteen further practice rooms, all with good quality pianos, can be used throughout the day or evening. Our Chapel boasts a recently installed three-manual Mander pipe organ and Steinway ‘D’ grand piano.

For talented pupils the department can provide a highly specialised musical education within the context of a supportive school that offers a broad curriculum, a strong pastoral support network, and a huge range of co-curricular activities.