The Music Department provides ambitious and varied extra-curricular opportunities leading to public performances of a consistently high standard.
Current ensembles include College Choir, Chamber Choir, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Experimental Noise, Big Band and Wind Band. These groups perform challenging repertoire in a number of concerts, both within the local area and also further afield with regular international concert tours to Paris in 2015 and Berlin in 2017. Groups also enter the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival and Music for Youth competition annually.
In 2016 the Chamber Choir performed at The National Festival of Music for Youth finals in Birmingham, whilst the Big Band took to the stage at The Royal Albert Hall in the School’s Prom concert. The department also works closely with the Drama department for the annual College production.
As well as these large groups there a number of smaller chamber ensembles, groups and bands formed by students in their spare time. There is an annual ‘Greenhead College Battle of the Bands’ as part of Charity Day, where students had the chance to show case their musical talents in front of a packed audience. New for 2017, there is a College record label enrichment that aims to produce and launch an album of student talent.
Yorkshire and its surrounding area has a rich and diverse musical history and opportunities to become involved with the local musical community are offered to students The department works closely with Opera North, The Halle Orchestra, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield University, Ricky’s School of Rock and Musica Kirklees in arranging and attending performances and workshops throughout the academic year.