"Bolton School Girls' Division is highly successful in meeting its aim to realise the potential of each pupil. The quality of pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent."

ISI Inspection of the Girls' Division 2016

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Music

In addition to our curriculum staff, the Music Department has twenty-one visiting instrumental and vocal specialists. We are able to offer tuition in every brass band and orchestral instrument, as well as percussion, guitar, piano, organ and voice. Visiting artists provide music workshops at all key-stages.

In the Senior School there are instrumental ensembles and choirs for every age and level of ability: Intermediate and Joint Orchestras, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands, Jazz Band, Guitar, String and Percussion ensembles, Intermediate and Senior Flute Ensembles, Clarinet and Saxophone groups, Senior Choir, Middle School Choir and two Chamber choirs, Middle School and Senior, the latter having performed with the Manchester Camerata and on many European tours. A number of these choirs and ensembles perform jointly with the Boys' Division, on a regular basis, in major concerts and events throughout the year.

Throughout the academic year, a wide range of performing opportunities are available and every choir and ensemble performs each year. There is an annual Year 7 concert in which every Year 7 pupil performs. Our Music Department is eclectic and inclusive; we like every pupil to participate in public musical events.  

Many musical events take place beyond the school day; in Spring 2015, pupils from the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions combined for a gala concert in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall in which over 650 musicians and singers performed.

We extend a warm invitation to anyone who wishes to attend any of our concerts. Recent programmes have included: the Bruch Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Schubert's 'Unfinished Symphony', Mozart's, Faure's and Rutter's Requia, Mozart's 'Coronation Mass', Rutter's 'Gloria', Handel's 'Messiah' and Haydn's 'The Creation'.

There are a wide range of bands for girls to play in

There are a wide range of bands for girls to play in

Girls on the front cover of the Bolton News as they win the X-Mas Factor competition to find the best school choir

Girls on the front cover of the Bolton News as they win the X-Mas Factor competition to find the best school choir