Norwich School places great importance on group music making and there is a structured framework of ensembles through which pupils may progress. Instrumentalists are monitored and nurtured from Lower 1 to U6 and encouraged to keep a balance with academic work and a chance for some music.
There are opportunities both for instrumentalists and vocalists of all standards, and experience and age are taken into account when placing a pupil in a group. 26 different music groups rehearse weekly across the Senior and Lower schools, all of which are directed by specialist music staff. As soon as beginners can play a few notes they are encouraged to join in a weekly ensemble. Group performances are a feature of each term. Rehearsals take place at lunchtime and after school.
Weekly Instrumental Music Groups in the Senior School (for details of Choirs see Singing at Norwich School):
Senior Concert Band Intermediate Concert Band, Junior Concert Band, First Jazz Ensemble, Second Jazz Ensemble, Gateway Players ( Senior Orchestra), Intermediate Orchestra, String Group, Senior Percussion Group, Intermediate Percussion Group, Junior Percussion Group, Senior Guitar Group, Intermediate Guitar Groups, Junior Guitar Group, Rock Guitar Group, Lower School Music Groups, Hot Air Wind Band, Lower School String Orchestra, Junior Strings, Lower School Guitar Ensemble, Lower School Guitar Group, Stickers ( Percussion Group)