Music is an integral and highly-valued part of life at Ermysted’s, and we are proud to offer many exciting opportunities to our pupils.

Dr Cloke, our music teacher, supported by a team of experienced visiting music specialists deliver individual and group lessons to pupils throughout the school. Most groups meet on a weekly basis, either at lunchtimes or after school.

The hugely successful Swing Band performs at school and other local venues often raising much-needed funds for charity in the process. The annual programme includes termly concerts, local community events, and the occasional international concert, for example during an exchange trip to Simbach in Germany.

The Brass and Woodwind Groups have become particularly well-known in the local area for taking part in festive events such as the school Christmas Concert and the Grassington Dickensian Festival, as well as spreading cheer to shoppers at local stores.

The Training Band is open to Lower School pupils and welcomes those who may not have played in a band before but are keen to give it a go!

The new String Ensemble, aimed at string players Grade 4 and above, seeks to develop the pupils repertoire and ensemble skills.

The Orchestra rehearses jointly with (and at) Skipton Girls’ High School, giving musicians of all ages the chance to play in a larger group.

The Choir also runs in collaboration with Skipton Girls’ High School, and has sung at school events and at Skipton Town Hall and in Simbach on the international tour.

Our musicians are given the opportunity to take part in all school productions. As well as annual Christmas, Spring and Summer Concerts, we hold a bi-annual dramatic production (alternating with SGHS), which runs over two evenings in the Spring Term.