Performance Music

Orchestral concert - St John's, Smith Square
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Orchestral concert - St John's, Smith Square

Music is central to life at Habs, exceptional both in it’s quality and breadth of opportunity. We have over 70 ensembles a week and one of the most dynamic concert programmes in the country. Through music we can make memories that last a lifetime.

Habs Big Band at Abbey Road Studios
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Habs Big Band at Abbey Road Studios


At Habs we believe that every student should feel the joy of playing in an ensemble.

Whilst we have one of the strongest school orchestras in the country, an award-winning Big Band and a leading chamber music programme, we are dedicated to offering opportunity for all. A tiered structure of ensembles that commits to leaving no student behind.

We are immensely proud of the breath of our offering. Students can access all genres of music from classical music, jazz, Indian music, to rock bands and songwriting, all guided by our expert team of staff.

Collaboration with the Girls School is an exciting area of development, bringing together our students for ambitious projects, working with guest conductors and performing in incredible spaces.

Our busy concert schedule is designed to keep every rehearsal alive with purpose, and ensure that all students take to the stage regularly, building confidence and feeling the buzz of sharing music with others.

Student successes

Many of our students continue to study music beyond school, or participate in national-recognised programmes. Recent highlights include:

  • Scholarships to undergraduate study at royal conservatoires (Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music)
  • Music scholarship to USA universities (Harvard, Stanford)
  • The Royal Academy of Music Junior School + Junior Jazz Course
  • The Royal College of Music Junior School
  • The National Youth Orchestra
    London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra
  • The National Children’s Orchestra
  • The National Youth Choir of Great Britain
  • National Youth Musical Theatre (singers and instrumentalists)
  • Major roles in West End Musicals

Summer music programme

One of the many highlights of our calendar is our Summer Music Programme – open to everybody. We currently offer activities for the following:

  • Jazz Summer School Week 1 (Intermediate Level)
  • Jazz Summer School Week 2 (Advanced Level)
  • Stellar Strings (open to all string players)
  • Indian Music Week
  • Woodwind Week
  • Brass Week
  • Rock Week

Recent highlights of our school’s musical and choral performances have included:

  • An orchestral concert at the historic venue St John’s Smith Square
  • A chamber music concert at the beautiful LSO St Luke’s
  • Our Jazz Evening at Kings Place, London
  • A piano festival with over 200 performers taking part in pop-up performance venues across the school campus
  • A big-band recording session at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios
  • An original musical written especially for us by renowned songwriters
  • Our house music festival with over 500 performers involved
  • The Carol Service at St Albans Cathedral
  • Choir performances at numerous Cambridge and Oxford chapels
  • The inaugural Habs Company of Schools’ Music Festival
  • Singing at St Alban’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Finalist of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year
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