One of the great strengths of music in Charterhouse is the quality of teaching. There are five full-time members of staff, all of whom bring a considerable breadth of professional experience to their teaching, providing pupils with a huge variety of musical opportunities at the highest level.

Music Scholarships are generous and competitive and the Director of Music, Mark Shepherd, usually meets prospective Music Scholars and their parents at the outset of their process of choosing a school. Whatever the musical interest of pupils, Charterhouse offers them a stimulating musical environment to help them reach their potential.

Full details of the curriculum can be found within the Academic section of the website and can be accessed via the link below:

Academic Music at Charterhouse


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Music for Everyone

Music has a long and fine tradition at Charterhouse, and Ralph Vaughan Williams was a pupil in the early days in Godalming. About half the pupils have music lessons, and many participate in other musical activities, like House Singing or the Concert Choir.

Pupils regularly perform in ten-minute recitals during quarter (the morning break), and there is a host of choirs and ensembles: Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and Concert Band. Whatever the musical interest of pupils, Charterhouse offers a stimulating environment to help them reach their potential. A service of Evensong is sung every Tuesday by the Chamber Choir in the beautiful and impressive Chapel. The whole school comes together to celebrate a service each Friday, sung by the Chapel Choir. In the past, many pupils have gone on to University organ and choral scholarships.

As well as regular concerts and performances, there are competitions held throughout the academic year covering all the instrumental disciplines; pupils of all ages prepare repertoire to perform in front of celebrated musicians who visit Charterhouse to adjudicate the competitions.

A Musical Year at Charterhouse

With such a wealth of talent across the School, it is no surprise that Music features throughout the year in a variety of concerts. From the ten minute Quarter concerts to fully blown choir and orchestra concerts, there is bound to be something for you. Here are just a few highlights.

Contact Information

To make an appointment to meet Mark Shepherd, Director of Music, please contact the Music Administrator:

Telephone: +44 (0)1483 291696
Twitter: @CharterhouseMu1