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Music Calendar Spring Term 2023

01923 845495

Music Department Sta f

Director of Music Mr Simon Couldridge DipTCL Assistant Director of Music Mrs Joan Stubbs BMus ARCO ALCM Teacher of Music

Mr Daniel Tonks BA (Oxon) MSt DipLCM MCCT Mrs Sarah Walsh MA BMus (Hons) LRAM Mr Samuel Hill BA (Dunelm) Mr Leon Liu BMus MPerf ArtDip DipABRSM

Teacher of Music Music Administrator Graduate Musician

Visiting Music Teachers

Mr Warren Alexander DipTCL Mr Joseph Atkins DipRAM Miss Celine Barry BA (Hons) RCM Miss Poppy Beddoe BA MA Mr Steven Byron BMus (Hons) RCM Miss Susan Clark MA (Cantab) MA (OU) LRSM ARCM DipRCM CTABRSM Ms Karen Cormican GTCL PDOT Mrs Rosie Couldridge GTCL Mr Andrew Gathercole GGSM Miss Nicola Hawkins GLCM FLCM ARCM Mr Dieter Hester DipTCL LTCL PDOT Mr Richard Hobson MA (Oxon) ARCO Mr Jonathan Lawrence BA Mrs Naadia Manington BMus LGSM Mr Ben Marshall MMus Mr Neil Martin Mrs Caroline Ridout Mr Damon Robb RMSM Mr Duncan Saunderson GGSM Mrs Mayumi Stone BMus MA DipRAM Mrs Nicola Tait LRAM (Hons) Mr Richard Wainwright BA (Hons) ARAM LRAM (Adv) DipRAM

Guitar Trumpet Cello Clarinet

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba


Violin, Viola Violin, Viola, Piano


Classical Guitar

Bassoon, Music Technology

Piano, Organ Percussion Piano, Jazz Piano




Saxophone, Flute

Singing Piano Cello

French Horn, Trumpet

All information c orrect at time of going to press: 17th January 2023

Tuesday 10th January Merchant Taylors’ Young Musician of the Year: Preliminary Round 3:45pm, Recital Hall

Open to boys in the Third and Upper Third forms. Entries by Thursday 5th January, 5pm, by when accompaniments are to be submitted also. (not open to the public)

Wednesday 18th January Music Scholarship Afternoon 2:00pm, Music Department For more information about Music Scholarships and Exhibitions, please contact the Director of Music, Mr Simon Couldridge on (not open to the public) Monday 23rd – Friday 27th January Senior Music Competition: Preliminary Rounds Times by arrangement Open to boys in the Fıfth and Sixth forms. Entries by Tuesday 17th January, 5pm; accompaniments to be submitted by

Friday 13th January, 5pm. (not open to the public)

Wednesday 25th January Merchant Taylors’ Young Musician of the Year: Final 6:00pm, Lalani Theatre, Merchant Taylors’ Prep School Young musicians from Merchant Taylors’ School and Merchant Taylors’ Prep School compete to be crowned Young Musician of the Year, with the prize awarded by the Merchant Taylors’ Company. Visiting Adjudicator: Dan Watson Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd February P.H.A.B. 24 Hours of Music from 1:45pm, Recital Hall Musicians from across the school come together to raise money for P.H.A.B. by performing continuously for 24 hours. Wednesday 8th February Senior Music Competition: Final 7:00pm, Recital Hall Advanced instrumentalists and singers participate in a feast of music, culminating in the winning of prizes for each section (woodwind, brass, keyboard, strings, percussion, and singing), together with an overall winner who receives the Reynolds Cup for Excellence in Musical Performance. Visiting Adjudicator: Rebecca Holt

Friday 17th February South East Schools’ Chamber Music Competition:Workshop Recital Hall The school’s advanced chamber music ensembles meet for a workshop, led by the Merchant Taylors’ School Director of Music and professional chamber musicians, in preparation for the Competition. (not open to the public)

Wednesday 22nd February Chamber Music Concert 7:00pm, Recital Hall

An opportunity to hear some of the school’s smaller ensembles perform in this short concert. Refreshments will be served from 6:30pm; tickets are not required.

Sunday 26th February South East Schools’ Chamber Music Competition: Preliminary Rounds Harrow School The school’s advanced chamber music ensembles compete against other schools in the region in this annual competition.

Monday 27th February Merchant Taylors’ Hall Concert 6:45pm, Merchant Taylors’ Hall

Featuring performances by Merchant Taylors’ School Chamber Choir and

Saturday 4th March Serenaders’ Quiz Night 7:00pm, Dining Hall

The Dixieland Band performs throughout the evening, which raises money for the Serenaders Music Support Group. Tickets £30/£15; available from Wednesday 8th March Indonesian Gamelan Workshop 9:00am, Recital Hall Following a term studying Gamelan music, the Third Form are visited by an expert player who will also give them the opportunity to play on authentic instruments. (not open to the public)

Wednesday 8th March Informal Concert 7:00pm, Recital Hall

Join us for a short concert of solos and small ensembles in the Recital Hall.

Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th March ABRSM Practical Exams Recital Hall Internal deadline for entries: Friday 3rd February, 1pm (not open to the public)

Tuesday 14th March South East Schools’ Chamber Music Competition: Final 6:30pm, St George’s, Hanover Square Fınalists of the competition perform and compete in the splendid Queen Anne church in central London.

Thursday 16th March Music Scholars’ Trip 7:30pm, Lyceum Theatre

The Music Scholars and Exhibitioners enjoy a trip to see the classic musical, The Lion King , in the West End.

Friday 17th March Preparatory Schools’ Orchestral Afternoon 1:45pm, Great Hall For more information and registration please contact

Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th April Leading Notes Chamber Music Course A three-day non-residential chamber music course during the Easter holidays led by the MTS Director of Music and professional chamber musicians. For advanced and improving string players (minimum standard: Grade 4) of all ages. For more information, please contact

Joint Schools’ Choral Concert Joan Stubbs conductor

HAYDN Nelson Mass PARRY Blest Pair of Sirens

Choirs from Merchant Taylors’ School Merchant Taylors’ Prep School St Helen’s School, Northwood St John’s School, Northwood

Monday 20th March, 7:00pm Great Hall, Merchant Taylors’ School Tickets £15/10 from or 01923 845545

Guide to Music Lessons Instrumental and singing lessons are 40 minutes long, and take place throughout the day starting at the following times:

7:40am 8:20am 9:00am 9:40am 10:20am 11:20am 12 noon 12:40pm 1:50pm 2:30pm 3:10pm 3:50pm 4:30pm

Early risers only

Pupils will need to register at Reception after this lesson time

Th ese times rotate the most

Not for those who get the early coach

Th e lesson times are agreed with pupils’ instrumental/singing teachers and displayed on the noticeboards outside the Recital Hall. In due course they will be begin to be published on SOCS, accessible at Th is can be accessed by pupils, teachers, and parents. Most instrumental/singing lessons are rotated each week so that pupils only miss parts of di f erent academic lessons throughout the term. It is intended that pupils who learn more than one instrument will have one lesson fxed outside the time of academic lessons. Pupils in the Upper Sixth will have lessons fxed in a free period. Apart from organ lessons, all instrumental lessons take place in the Music Department. Th e whiteboard near the Instrument Store displays where the VMTs will be teaching each day. It is important that pupils check the time of their music lesson(s) regularly so that they can ask permission from their academic teacher to attend their music lesson. Pupils must let their teachers know at least 24 hours in advance. Pupils must contact their music teacher immediately if they think that there will be a problem with the scheduled time of their music lesson, no later than 48 hours before the lesson. Th e teacher will try to reschedule the lesson but this may not always be possible. Academic teachers will always give pupils plenty of notice of important tests so this should never be a reason for missing a music lesson.

Th eory and Aural Classes Free theory and aural classes are run by Miss Clark at 8:15am on Th ursday and Friday mornings respectively. Th eory classes are open to pupils preparing for any grade; aural classes are o f ered to support those pupils preparing for grades 6, 7, and 8 practical exams. To sign up for these classes pupils should add their names to the sheets on the ensemble notice board. Music Scholarships and Exhibitions Scholarships and exhibitions in music are o f ered annually to pupils at 11+, 13+, and 16+ entry, and o f er free instrumental and/or singing tuition on two studies. Each year the school awards one scholarship of up to 25% of the school fees, one scholarship of up to 15%, and two scholarships of up to 10% of the fees. Th e school also awards up to four exhibitions each year, o f ering free tuition on two studies. Th e Director of Music, Simon Couldridge, is always happy to meet prospective candidates and answer enquiries at any stage. For more information, please contact the Music Administrator, Samuel Hill, via email at or by telephone on 01923 845495. Serenaders Music Support Group Th e Serenaders Music Support Group is a group of parents and friends which since 1994 has supported the musical life of Merchant Taylors’ School through fundraising events, and by serving refreshments at concerts. Th e next social event will Quiz Night on 5th March 2023. Tickets may be obtained through the school Development O f ce. To fnd out more about the Serenaders, please contact the Chair of the Committee, Karina Johnson, at Information and Tickets For more information please contact the Music Administrator, Samuel Hill: E: T: 01923 845495 W: Where events require tickets or registration, this can be done through the school Development O f ce: E: T: 01923 845545 W:

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule



Big Band

Recital Hall Mr Gathercole

* 8.15am

String Quartet Wind Band


Mrs Tait


Recital Hall Mr Tonks

* 1.50pm

Chamber Orchestra


Mr Couldridge

Tuesday * 8.15am

Dixieland Band Wind Quintet Concert Band

Recital Hall Mr Couldridge

8.15am 1.50pm


Mr Marshall

Recital Hall Mr Tonks

* 1.50pm * 3.50pm

String Trio


Mrs Walsh

Symphony Orchestra Recital Hall Mr Couldridge




Mrs Walsh


Choral Society

Recital Hall Mrs Stubbs

Wednesday 8.15am

Choir: Tenors & Basses Chapel

Mrs Stubbs

Th ursday

8.15am 8.15am

Percussion Ensemble

Recital Hall Mr Lawrence

Music Th eory


Miss Clark Mrs Stubbs

* 8.15am * 1.50pm

Th omas White Singers MU89

Chamber Choir

Recital Hall Mrs Stubbs


Choir: Trebles & Altos Recital Hall Mrs Stubbs

* 3.50pm

String Trio

Exam Hall Mr Couldridge


8.15am 8.15am 8.15am

Taylors’ Brass Guitar Ensemble

Recital Hall Mr Byron

MU82 MU89

Miss Hawkins

Aural Class

Miss Clark Mr Robb Mr Tonks

* 8.15am * 8.15am

Saxophone Ensemble BY65

Recorder Consort



Choir: Full

Recital Hall Mrs Stubbs

* Entry by invitation. †Rehearsals begin 24th January. MU82 = Music Classroom

MU89 = Keyboard Room

Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Middlesex, HA6 2HT

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