We have a large and successful programme of extra-curricular ensembles. There are around 200 students participating in these ensembles each week and the department runs two tours to European countries each year, previously visiting destinations such as Lake Garda, Italy and Disneyland, Paris. This year, our ensembles will be touring Soest, Holland and Barcelona, Spain. Closer to home, Wood Green School’s ensembles have been invited to play at events held at Blenheim Palace, Buckingham Palace, Birmingham Conservatoire and many other prestigious venues. Most of our ensembles compete annually in the Regional Festival of Music for Youth, some have been invited to perform at the national finals in Birmingham. We currently have a Junior Choir of about 110 students, a Senior Choir of about 85 students, a Senior Boys’ Choir, a Senior Girls’ Choir, an invitation only Chamber Choir, a 50 piece Concert Band, an Orchestra, a Big Band and a Jazz Combo.
Directed by Mrs Bownds and Mrs Laughlin, Junior Choir welcomes all students from Years 7-9.
Directed by Mrs Laughlin alongside some of our Music Leaders, Senior Choir welcomes all students from Years 10-13.
Directed by our Music Leaders with support from Music Department staff, Girls' Choir welcomes all female students from Years 10-13.
Directed by our Music Leaders with support from Music Department staff, Boys' Choir welcomes all male students from Years 10-13.
Directed by two of our Music Leaders, Raymond Brien and Sarah Gardener, Chamber Choir welcomes all students from Years 10-13 subject to audition.
Directed by Mrs Laughlin alongside some of our Music Leaders, Concert Band welcomes all Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Bass players of a Grade 4 standard or above.
Directed by Mrs Bownds, Junior Ensemble welcomes all String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players who are beginner to Grade 4 standard.
Directed by our Music Leaders, our Senior Strings welcomes all string players from Grade 5 upwards to this string only ensemble.
Directed by Mrs Bownds, Big Band welcomes Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Piano and Bass players who are Grade 5 standard, subject to invitation.