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Music Concerts

The Music Department welcomes numerous professional musicians and musical groups to Canford each year to complement the pupil-led school concerts.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend any of our professional concerts which are offered at a very competitive price. School concerts are also open to all, both members of the Canford Community and the general public, unless otherwise indicated.

For enquiries about any of our concerts, please contact the Music School:  Mrs Sarah Holloway - email: or telephone 01202 847486


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Thursdays at 5:15pm in the Music School:

17th January 2019, 31st January 2019, 28th February 2019, 7th March 2019, 21st March 2019 



TUESDAY 22ND January 2019, 5:30pm

Featuring all Shell year group pupils

Please note, this is an internal event and is not open to parents or the public. A video recording will be available to parents after the performance. 


shells music and poetry evening in the long gallery

wednesday 30TH january 2019, 7:00PM

Featuring Selected Shell Pupils

Parents are particularly welcome at this event, which will feature poetry readings, including of poems composed by the pupils, and musical performances from our talented youngest pupils. 


contemporary music event in the layard theatre

friday 1st february 2019, 7:30pm

Organised by the U6 pupil leaders for Music, this is an opportunity to hear music in a contemporary style. 


singers' masterclass with julia doyle

TUESDAY 5TH february 2019, 2:00PM

This event will involve senior singing pupils by invitation. 


britten sinfonia chamber ensemble in residence

thursday 7th february - friday 8th february 2019

The musicians from the Britten Sinfonia will hold a series of workshops and masterclasses, including opportunities for both performers and composers. 


britten sinfonia concert

friDAY 8TH february 2019, 7:30pm

A concert that will showcase some of our best pupil musicians accompanied by a professional pianist from Britten Sinfonia, as well as solo piano performances. This concert marks the inauguration of the school's newly refurbished Steinway piano.

Tickets are not required for the concert, and admission is free.


chamber choir joint eucharist at oriel college oxford with their choir 

thursDAY 14TH february 2019, 6:00PM

Parents and supporters are welcome to join us in Oxford as we join forces with the choir of Oriel College and David Maw, their Director. Parents of performers, please note a return to school time of approximately 9.00pm.  



prep schools' singing festival

friDAY 1st march 2019, workshops from 2:30pm, concert at 5:30pm

Approximately 150 young singers from years 4 and 5 in local prep schools will join together under the direction of Christopher Sparkhall to raise the roof. Always a joyful occasion, parents of those participating are welcome to come to the concert, which will proceed refreshments from 5.00pm.


the friends of canford music annual jazz concert

friday 8th march 2019, 7:30pm

Featuring the Wind Orchestra and Jazz Band

Tickets (£12/£10) from

Friends of Canford Music enjoy priority booking for this event.


a level recitals 

TueSDAY 12TH march 2019, 7:00PM

Featuring U6 A Level musicians 

This event is one of the highest quality in the year, with our most accomplished musicians performing at their very best. Support is encouraged! 


school concert in st john's smith square (london) 

sunday 24th march 2019, 4:30pm

Featuring U6 A Level musicians 

This event is one of the highest quality in the year, with our most accomplished musicians performing at their very best. Support is encouraged! 

Tickets (£10) from


choral society concert in lytchett minster church - great operatic choruses  

thursday 28th march 2019, 7:30pm

The adult members of the Choral Society will perform a selection of well-known choruses, and some of our pupils will entertain with solo arias. 


contemporary concert 

friday 26th april 2019, 7:30pm


afternoon tea with the music department  

tuesday 30th april 2019, 4:30pm

The Orchestra and Wind Orchestra will perform a special concert just for Canford staff and pupils. A video recording of this event will be available for parents after the event.


L6 recitals  

friday 3rd may 2019, 3:10pm

Featuring all those studying A level Music and music scholars in the L6.

A long-running annual event, this concert provides a platform for our L6 musicians who will perform to the rest of their year group in place of the usual weekly ‘’Connections’ lecture. As well as performing, the musicians will give a short presentation about their piece. Please note that this is an internal event and is not open to the public. A recording will be available after the performance.


A plethora of pianists 

friday 10th may 2019, 7:30pm in the music school

Canford’s piano teachers take to the stage to showcase their talents and to mark the return of the refurbished Steinway Concert Piano.

Tickets are not required for this concert.


L6 and 4th form formal soloist's concert

wednesday 22nd may 2019, 7:00pm 

Our L6 A level and 4th form GCSE musicians will perform as soloists in a recital which will be part of their internal end of year exams.


Leavers' service in wimborne minster

friday 24th may 2019, 12:15pm 

The chamber choir, and upper 6th members of the Chapel Choir will sing at this service in the Minster Church


summer concert

thursday 27th june 2019, 7:00pm 

Rounding off the year in style, the choirs, orchestras and bands perform a rousing selection of music, in a concert that sees our U6 musicians performing in our ensembles and marking the conclusion of the time at Canford in style.

Tickets (free) are required for this concert from


speech day concert

friday 28th june 2019, 2:45pm 

In what has become an annual event, the orchestra will accompany some of our U6 musicians as they perform movements from concerti. A short concert of about 30 minutes, and the ideal end to Speech Day and the school year.


the junior festival 

In this summer term informal concert series, most pupils who learn an instrument in the shells and 4ths will take to the stage and perform as soloists. The concerts are designed to boost confidence, and to provide a low-key and platform for our younger musicians. A supportive and appreciative audience is particularly welcome at these events.

Thursday 25th April, 5.15 pm

Friday 3rd May, 1.50pm (Lunchtime concert)

Thursday 9th May, 5.15 pm

Thursday16th May, 5.15 pm

Friday 17th May, 4.45 pm


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