Merchant Taylors’ boys have a fantastic range of opportunities for extra-curricular Music.

There are currently 21 different ensembles, including three jazz bands, several chamber music groups, and various bands, choirs and orchestras. Around a third of boys at school learn an instrument or have singing lessons delivered by 23 visiting music teachers each week; these, and others who have music lessons outside of school, are all involved in the school’s extra-curricular music programme.

A number of evening informal concerts are held at school throughout the year, with major musical events punctuating the department’s programme of performances each term.  In the Autumn term highlights include the Autumn Concert and the Carol Service, with a biennial Musical Theatre produced at Merchant Taylors’ in conjunction with St Helen’s School.  In the Spring term there is an annual concert at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City, and a Spring Concert at which the combined choirs of Merchant Taylors’ and St Helen’s perform a large-scale choral work towards the end of term.  In April, the Spring Spectacular provides a fantastic finale to the year’s musical events.

Music tours abroad are organised biennially, with recent tours seeing Merchant Taylors’ musicians performing in Austria, the USA, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

Ensembles at MTS

  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Clarinet Quartet
  • Concert Band
  • Dixieland Band
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Junior Percussion Ensemble
  • Junior String Quartet
  • The Merchants of Groove
  • Piano Trio
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble
  • Senior String Quartet
  • Sinfonia
  • Swing Band
  • Taylors’ Brass
  • The Thomas White Singers
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Wind Band
  • Wind Quintet