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Music Calendar Summer Term 2024

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 Miss Fıona Martin BMus MEd Mr Jacob Collins BMus MLitt ARCO ARSM Mr Samuel Hill BA (Dunelm)

Teacher of Music Graduate Musician Music Administrator

Visiting Music Teachers

Mr Warren Alexander DipTCL Mr Joseph Atkins DipRAM ARAM ARCM Miss Celine Barry BA (Hons) RCM Miss Poppy Beddoe BA MA ARAM Mr Steven Byron BMus (Hons) RCM Miss Susan Clark MA (Cantab) MA (OU) LRSM ARCM DipRCM CTABRSM Ms Karen Cormican GTCL PDOT Miss Odette Cotton BMus (Hons) MA 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 Leon Liu BMus MPerf ArtDip DipABRSM Mrs Naadia Manington BMus LGSM Mr Damon Robb RMSM LRAM Mr Duncan Saunderson GGSM Mrs Mayumi Stone BMus MA DipRAM Mrs Nicola Tait LRAM (Hons) Mr Richard Wainwright BA (Hons) ARAM LRAM (Adv) DipRAM Mr Jonathan Lawrence BA Mr Neil Martin

Guitar Trumpet

Cello, Double Bass


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: 19th April 2024

Saturday 20th April RCO International Organ Day: Organ Recital 11:30am, St John the Baptist, Aldenham

As part of the Royal College of Organists’ International Organ Day, staff and pupil musicians perform a short lunchtime recital on the 1926 Harrison organ in Aldenham church, together with an introduction to the instrument. Tea and cake will be served from 11am.

Friday 26th April Preparatory Schools’ Orchestral Afternoon 1:45pm, Great Hall

For more information and registration please contact

Saturday 18th May Lunchtime Organ Recital 11:00am, St Lawrence, Abbots Langley Staff and pupil organists present a short recital of organ music from across the ages. Tea and cake will be served from 10.30am

Tuesday 4th June – Friday 7th June Intermediate Music Competition: Preliminary Rounds Times by arrangement

Open to boys in the Fourth Form and the Divisions. Entries by Wednesday 22nd May. (not open to the public)

Monday 10th June – Wednesday 12th June ABRSM Practical Exams Recital Hall Internal deadline for entries: Friday 17th May, by when accompaniments should be handed in also.

Music Week 2024

Sung by the Chamber Choir

Ayleward Responses Havergal Psalm 91 Stanford Evening Service in C Howells Like as the hart

Sunday 23rd June Choral Evensong 5:00pm, University College, Oxford

Tuesday 25th June Organ Recital 6:00pm, Great Hall

Staff and pupil organists give an organ recital of about an hour’s duration, before which wine will be served.

Music Week 2024 Wednesday 26th June Choral Evensong 5:45pm, Guildford Cathedral

The Chamber Choir sing a traditional Anglican service of Choral Evensong, including settings of the canticles by C. V. Stanford, the centenary of whose death we commemorate this year. The psalm chant is composed by W. H. Havergal, an OMT clergyman and composer. The finest musicians in the Fourth Form and the Divisions compete to win this year’s Intermediate Music Competition. The result will also determine the result of the 2024 House Music Competition. Visiting Adjudicator: to be confirmed.

Th ursday 27th June Intermediate Music Competition: Fınal 7:00pm Recital Hall

Music Week 2024 Friday 28th June

Join us for the annual summer evening of jazz at MTS, featuring the Big Band, Dixieland Band, and the St Helen’s Jazz Band. Tickets £35/15; available from development.

Serenaders’ Jazz Night 7:00pm Dining Hall

Monday 1st July Music in the Undercroft 2:00pm

An informal concert of music performed by some of our chamber music ensembles. (not open to the public)

Music Week 2024

Tuesday 2nd July Summer Serenade XXVII 7:00pm, Inner Quad

Th e fnal concert of the academic year brings together a diverse range of ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, and the School Choir. Tickets £15/10 available from or 01923 845545. A bowl of fresh strawberries and cream is included in the ticket price, and will be served during the interval. Doors open at 6:00pm; please bring a picnic.

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*

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 lessons at these times may be fxed. 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 be the Jazz Night on 28th June 2024. 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, Mrs 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 & Mrs Manington

* 8.15am * 8.15am 1.50pm * 1.50pm * 8.15am * 8.15am * 1.50pm * 3.50pm †8.00pm 8.15am 8.15am * 1.50pm 1.50pm 3.50pm * 3.50pm 8.15am 8.15am * 8.15am * 8.15am * 8.15am 8.15am 1.50pm

String Quartet Wind Quintet Wind Band

MU82 MU89

Mrs Tait

Mr Couldridge Miss Martin Mr Couldridge

Recital Hall

Chamber Orchestra



Dixieland Band Wind Quintet Concert Band

Recital Hall

Mr Couldridge


Recital Hall Recital Hall Recital Hall

Mr Tonks

Symphony Orchestra Joint Choral Society

Mr Couldridge

Mrs Stubbs

Wednesday 8.15am

Choir: Tenors & Basses Recital Hall

Mrs Stubbs

Th ursday

Percussion Ensemble

Recital Hall

Mr Lawrence Miss Clark Mrs Stubbs Mrs Couldridge

Music Th eory Chamber Choir


Recital Hall



Choir: Trebles & Altos Recital Hall

Mrs Stubbs

String Trio

Exam Hall

Mr Couldridge


Taylors’ Brass Guitar Ensemble Recorder Consort Clarinet Quartet

Recital Hall

Mr Byron


Miss Hawkins

Saxophone Ensemble Tom Isaacs Rm Mr Robb

MU88 MU91 MU89

Mr Tonks

Miss Beddoe Miss Clark Mrs Stubbs

Aural Class Choir: Full

Recital Hall

* Entry by invitation. MU82 = Music Classroom

MU89 = Keyboard Room Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Middlesex, HA6 2HT

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