Co-Curricular Ensembles

At QEH, we provide a wide range of co-curricular ensembles. Our current list includes:


The School Orchestra performs exciting and varied repertoire at various concerts throughout the year, the highlight of which is our annual Spring Concert in St George’s Concert Hall.

String Ensemble

Mr Barrett, our violin teacher, runs both a Senior and Junior String Ensemble. The latter is made up of our higher standard string players. Recent performances have included some tricky repertoire such as Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Grieg’s Last Spring.

Wind Band

The Wind Band is our largest ensemble and is open to all players from beginner to grade 8 standard and beyond. It performs at our Spring Concert each year. For the remainder of the year Mr Shipman, our clarinet teacher, runs a Wind Ensemble for our higher standard wind players. He also runs a Clarinet Ensemble.

Brass Ensemble

This ensemble is open to all brass players of a suitable standard and performs at several concerts throughout the year, including the Charter Day and Carol Services in Bristol Cathedral. It is run by our trombone teacher, Mr Stewart.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band performs a variety of music ranging from the swing era through to more contemporary pieces and is made up of our top instrumentalists. It is in high demand at both school and local events.

Saxophone Ensemble

This ensemble is open to all saxophone players of a suitable standard and is run by our saxophone teacher, Mr Figes.

Guitar Ensemble

Mr Purnell, our classical guitar teacher, runs both a Junior and Senior Guitar  Ensembles. Both rehearse each week and perform at various formal and informal concerts throughout the year.

Junior Ensemble

This ensemble is open to all early grade musicians on all instruments. They rehearse weekly and perform once a term, culminating in the Junior Showcase in June.

Rock/Pop Project

We run a weekly ‘QEH Rock Project’ which is open to all band instrumentalists and vocalists. It is run by Mr Whitfield (drum teacher) and tutors bands through their practice, preparing them for our termly Unplugged and Open Mic concerts as well as out bi-annual Battle of the Bands competition.

Other Ensembles

Ukulele Orchestra, Samba Band, African Drumming Groups, Ceilidh Band are just some of the other varied ensembles that are formed throughout the year for various events.

View our weekly rehearsal schedule.

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