John Cooney


Every pupil has a composition lesson each week. These are mostly one-hour group lessons, but a few more advanced pupils may have one-to-one tuition as well. All pupils have to submit compositions for GCSE, AS and A-level examinations, but this work is, in any case, studied throughout the school. Each term we have internal composition concerts and, from time to time, a piece by one of the students will be included in our public concerts.

Each year we invite a professional performer of a non-string instrument to do composition workshops for the pupils, and our students then have the opportunity to write for these additional instruments.  The professional performer then returns to the School and performs some of the compositions at one of our public concerts.